US women's gymnastics team reveals its nickname

Carla Harmon
August 10, 2016

The five woman USA team of Biles, Gabby Douglas, Aly Raisman, Madison Kocian and Laurie Hernandez claimed gold by a margin of over eight points on Russian Federation, with China winning bronze in the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Arena.

At the end of the competition, the team huddled up for a cheer, shouting, "We are the Final Five!". Oleksandr Pyatnytsya tested positive for the steroid turinabol and was retroactively disqualified from the London Games and ordered to return his medal, the International Olympic Committee said.

Second place was reward enough for Aliya Mustafina, one of three competitors who won silver at London 2012.

Phelps, who will go for his 20th Olympic gold medal on Tuesday, gave his heavyweight support to his young team-mate. Going in, the Americans were ranked No. 1 in everything - vault, uneven bars, balance beam and floor exercise. Birarelli was part of the Italian team that won the bronze medal four years ago at the London Olympics.


Still there was history to be made in Rio on Tuesday as Douglas and team mate Aly Raisman became the first Americans to win back-to-back Olympic team titles, and that, the 21-year-old said, was something to cheer about.

Gabby Douglas (15.766) and Madison Kocian (15.933) were especially strong on the uneven bars in the team's second rotation and Biles' 14.800 was the lowest score any of the US gymnasts would post Tuesday. Afterward, a tearful Szogedi said she was "gutted".

Surprisingly the 19-year-old Biles, who is tipped to win five golds in Rio, earned the lowest mark of 12 performances for the Americans, drawing 14.800 on the asymmetric bars after hesitating for a split second midway through her routine. How did the USA team do?

Speaking to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette back in 2014, Biles said, "everybody puts their line on the beam, so I can never tell which one is mine". They were always the clear favorites to win the competition but it's the margin that has surprised everyone and won the women's gymnastics team accolades from all across the globe.


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Adding their presence to that of Biles' makes this a dream team of sorts, though Douglas and Raisman were nearly role players Tuesday.

Focused and stern faced, Douglas took a deep breath, leapt onto the uneven bars and 35 seconds later nailed her landing, giving a big smile, her work done.


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