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U.S. women’s gymnastics team earns gold in Rio
August 20, 2016
The U.S. women’s gymnastics team took home gold in the women's team finals at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This victory is USA Gymnastics’ second consecutive team all-around gold medal.
The five gymnasts — Laurie Hernandez, Madison Kocian, Simone Biles, Aly Raisman and Gabrielle Douglas — have dubbed themselves the “Final Five.” Many assumed this was because gymnastics teams will be restricted to four members in subsequent Olympic games, according to NBC Olympics.
But the team members collectively chose this name as a tribute to their national team coordinator, Martha Karolyi, the 73-year-old gymnastics coaching legend who will retire after this Olympics. According to the Huffington Post, Karolyi hand-picked the team for its ability to perform well under pressure.
To win the gold, the Final Five went through 28 rotations over the course of two days. Unlike the other teams that made the finals, the U.S. team delivered near-flawless routines, while other teams struggled to avoid making frustrating mistakes such as hopping off the balance beam and losing grip of the uneven bars, the NY Daily News reports. In the end, the team scored 184.897, which was a full 8 points more than Team Russia, who took home the silver medal. China earned the bronze.
Biles went on to compete in the individual all-around, where she brought home another gold medal for Team USA.