The United States and China are going to battle for the team gold medal this year in what is sure to be a fantastic competition. The bronze medal is up for grabs between Russia and Romania, but there may be some surprises from other teams, such as Australia, Italy, Brazil and France.
Americans Shawn Johnson (2007 World All Around Champion) and Nastia Liukin (nine-time World medalist) are expected to finish at the top in the All Around Competition, along with Jade Barbossa (2007 World All Around bronze medalist), Steliana Nistor (2007 World All Around Silver medalist), Vanessa Ferrari (2006 World All Around Champion), and Jiang Yuyuan (2007 Olympic Test Event Winner).
There is a new scoring system in place now, with the Perfect 10 thrown out the window. Execution scores start at 10 (with deductions taken from that), and Difficulty value (or Start Value, as it's also called) is added to the execution score. To give you an idea, a good score would be in the 15-16 point range, with 17+ being the highest seen so far.
This should be a very exciting competition! I'd love to hear everyone's predictions/hopes for the results!