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'Final Five' US Women's Gymnastics Team Ready to 'Kick Some Butt' in Team Final

by Jennifer Drysdale 12:10 PM PDT, August 09, 2016
Photo: Twitter

The Olympic women's gymnastics team all-around final is officially upon us, and while we couldn't be more excited, neither can the "Final Five!"

After an outstanding performance in the sport's qualification round, leading all countries with a score of 185.238 (almost 10 points higher than the second best team, China), it's easy to see why Team USA is "ready to kick some butt!"

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The girls couldn't help but share their excitement on Instagram as they prepared to compete on Tuesday.

"Team USA is ready to SHINE today," Madison Kocian, who will be repping USA on the uneven bars with Gabby Douglas, wrote on Instagram. 

Team USA is ready to SHINE today💪🏼✨🇺🇸

A photo posted by Madison Kocian (@madison_kocian) on

"So excited to kick some butt with my girls tonight," Laurie Hernandez -- competing in floor exercise, balance beam, and vault with Aly Raisman and Simone Biles -- posted moments later.

So excited to kick some butt with my girls tonight❤️💙

A photo posted by Laurie Hernandez (@lauriehernandez_) on

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And of course Douglas, the all-around champ at the 2012 London games, couldn't help but reflect on Olympics past. "These girls showed us how to get it done in #Atlanta1996 and we hope to follow in their footsteps in #Rio2016. Thank you #Magnificent7 for inspiring us and being great examples!! You will always be our role models!" she wrote. "Let's do this ladies!"

"#GoTeamUSA," Biles added. "Behind all of our hard work and dedication, are our coaches who have never given up on us and put in work for us to be where we are. So thankful."

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But Team USA's coaches aren't the only ones who will be cheering them on to victory during the team final -- the ladies have already racked up quite a few famous fans.

Kim Kardashian, who famously gave a shout out to Biles ahead of the Opening Ceremony, will surely be tuning in.

"Women's gymnastics is amazing!" she tweeted while watching the qualification round on Sunday. "Who's watching the Olympics? I remember going to see this sport at the Atlanta Olympics!"

Watching the Olympics is clearly a family affair in Kardashian's house. "North is watching @Simone_Biles in awe! She’s rolling around on the bed pretending to coy her lol," she wrote.

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Biles -- the favorite to win gold after qualifying in first place in all around, vault, balance beam and floor exercise -- also seems to have captured the attention of her major crush, Zac Efron.

"So phenomenal a skill's named after her. Congrats on sticking the Biles and qualifying for the finals @Simone_Biles!" the Neighbors 2 star posted on Monday.

"@ZacEfron Thanks Zac!" Biles replied, remaining cool under pressure (because she's an Olympic gymnast, and that's what she does). "I hope you can watch Team Final tomorrow night."

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Team USA is set to go head to head with China, Russia, Great Britain, Brazil, Germany, Japan and the Netherlands in their quest for back-to-back gold at 12 p.m. PT.

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