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Jul 1, 2012 11:56 PM by Jordan Mason

'Flying Squirrel' soars, heads for London Games

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Gabby Douglas has impeccable timing.

The perky 16-year-old upset world champion Jordyn Wieber for the first time Sunday night, winning the Olympic trials and the lone guaranteed spot for the London Games.

Douglas, bolstered by a dazzling uneven bars routine that would make an acrobat sweat, beat Wieber by a mere 0.1 points after finishing a close second at last month's U.S. championship and the first night of trials.

Now she'll wait to see who joins her on what will be the strongest team the Americans have had since 1996, one that will be not just favored but expected to bring home only the second Olympic team gold.

A selection committee will decide the remaining members of the five-woman team, with an announcement expected later Sunday.

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