As is expected in the year after an Olympics, most of the household names take time off, whether to heal and decide if they want to continue or retire outright. However, experience did pay off for one of the stars of the 2008 Olympic Games, Japan's Kohei Uchimura, who won the men's all-around on Thursday in London, the site of the 2012 Summer Olympics.
The messy-haired Uchimura took silver in the All-Around at last year's games after falling twice on the pommel horse. There were no such errors today, as he scored a 16.050 on the vault, a 15.625 on a high-flying floor exercise and sealed his win with a thrilling high bar routine with several high-flying release moves that earned a 14.975.
As expected, the American men were shut out. Newcomer Tim McNeill was in second place after the qualification round, but was knocked out of contention by a poor high bar score. He finished in seventh place. Last year's Olympic fan favorite, Jonathan Horton, fell on the floor exercise and never recovered. He finished in 17th place.
America's medal chances should improve on Friday when the women compete for the All-Around title. Rebecca Bross is in first place after the qualifiers, with her teammate Bridget Sloan in fifth place.