Team USA's Fab Five Gymnasts Get Pumped Up
By PAIGE FEIGENBAUM
July 02, 2012
Excitement filled the air when five young women were named as Team USA's gymnasts. The girls shared their winning spirit with ET at the U.S. Olympic Trials in San Jose, CA this weekend.
Gabby Douglas automatically secured her ticket to London by earning the all-around title after two days of fierce competition at trials. The firecracker athlete looks to inspirational quotes, such as, "No fear, no pain, no mercy!" as motivation to achieve greatness.
Jordyn Wieber was neck-and-neck with Gabby on the scoreboard, finishing a close second in the standings. Her awe-inspiring routines convinced the selection committee that she too is ready for Olympic glory. The reigning world champ is proud to be part of such a close-knit team. "Even though we're competing against each other, we’re all still part of Team USA, so we're still cheering for each other," she boasted.
Kyla Ross, Aly Raisman, and McKayla Maroney round out the fabulous five. Beijing 2008 superstar Nastia Liukin had an ill-fated comeback attempt. "Who knows where life will take me in the following years, but the job [coach Marta Karolyi] does is absolutely tremendous," she said positively. "She always has just a great pep talk."
The red, white, and blue will also be missing Dancing With the Stars champ and Olympic gold medalist Shawn Johnson. "She realized that her injury set-back did not allow her to get in her top shape," the famed coach Karolyi assessed. "Certainly I'm sad that we don't have her smiling face around, but I think her decision was correct."
The Opening Ceremonies are set to take place on July 27, 2012.