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Associated Press

Posted on July 31, 2012 at 5:00 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 31 at 5:31 AM

If the United States women's gymnastics team is going to capture its first gold medal since 1996, they're going to need a bounce-back performance from Jordyn Wieber.

The women's team final kicks off on Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. London time, and the Americans are expected to be in a tight duel with Russia for the gold. The U.S. beat the Russians for the gold at the world championships last year, getting some revenge against Russia for a loss in 2010.

Wieber did not qualify for the all-around competition in London, so now she'll be relied upon to help them hold off Russia for the big prize.

"We're going to have cheer her up and hype her up," teammate Gabby Douglas says.

— Janie McCauley — Twitter http://www.twitter.com/janiemccAP

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