US Women's Gymnastics Team Wins Gold Medal at 2016 Rio Olympics -- See the Final Five in Action!
By Jennifer Drysdale
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It's gold for the U.S. women's gymnastics team!
The "Final Five" -- consisting of Aly Raisman, Simone Biles, Gabby Douglas, Madison Kocian and Laurie Hernandez -- won gold in the team final competition on Tuesday, by a margin of nearly eight points (the largest margin of victory at a major meet), with a score of 184.897.
In a move that seemingly everyone saw coming (following their impressive scores in the qualification rounds) Team USA took home their first back-to-back gold in team gymnastics, after also winning at the 2012 Olympics in London. Russia claimed silver with a score of 176.688, and China won bronze with a total of 176.003 points.
Biles started the team off strong with a soaring performance on the vault, earning no penalties on her score. Later, Biles, Douglas, and Kocian all delivered solid performances on the uneven bars, the second round of their rotation, giving Team USA a lead of four points. After a small stumble by Raisman on the balance beam, the team quickly recovered with strong performances on the beam by Hernandez and Biles. Raisman, Hernandez and Biles all returned to compete in the floor exercise, delivering explosive routines that earned their team the top spot, and secured the gold.
"Dreams DO come true," Biles tweeted shortly after the "Final Five" claimed victory.