Move Over Magnificant 7, Make Room for the FAB FIVE … US Woman Gymnasts Win Team Gold at London Olympics

 

The 16 year drought is over … The United States FAB FIVE wins gold in the Woman’s gymnastic team final.

It has been since 1996 and the Atlanta Olympic Games since the US Woman’s gymnastic team took home the gold in the tam competition. That was then, this is now. These girls were barely born the last time the US women won the team gold. Tonight, the Fab 5 became the real dream team, realizing their Olympic dreams.  The FAB FIVE, Aly Raisman, Jordyn Wieber, Gabby Douglas, Kyla Ross, and McKayla Maroney dominated and crushed the competition today. They left no doubt who the best team in the world was and in the end it was not even close. The US decisively beat Russia by an astound 5 points, 183.596 to 178.530.

“I am saying that this team is the best,” U.S. team director Martha Karolyi said. “Only because that [1996] team competed in the United States.”

The Americans coasted to the victory, needing only solid performances on the final rotation, the floor exercise. After Aly Raisman landed her final pass – good enough for a 15.300 – the Americans exploded, jumping, cheering, and hugging each other through tears.

“It’s awesome,” Douglas said. “I’m so proud of these girls. To come out on top feels amazing.”

Russia, China, and the other contenders eventually fell apart, with mistakes and poor performances. The Russians were left in tears but finished with silver. Romania won bronze.

The US girls were nearly flawless as they kept the pressure on the other teams from start to finish. The US, who were paired with Russia throughout the team final, took an early lead with Maroney’s score of 16.233 on the vault. With no due respect to the judges who appear to have been extras from the move ‘Sick It’, Maroney’s vault was so perfect it should ave been a Nadia Comaneci 10 or 16.5. The and sealed the deal on the floor exercise. By the competitions end, the Russians were left in tears.

By the time Raisman took to the floor, where she won bronze at the last world championships, as the final performer of the evening, all the Russian gymnasts were in tears as they watched.

A confident routine delivered, Raisman joined her team mates and the five stood holding hands and gazing up at the giant results screen.

A score of 15.300 flashed up to confirm the magnitude of their win and American fans in the arena erupted into cheers.

“It’s an incredible feeling; just in this moment you realize every single effort and every single sacrifice and so-called suffering through the years with the ups and downs it was worth it,” U.S. team co-ordinator Marta Karolyi told reporters.



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    4 Responses to “Move Over Magnificant 7, Make Room for the FAB FIVE … US Woman Gymnasts Win Team Gold at London Olympics”

    1. Setra on July 31st, 2012 11:22 pm

      I am so impressed with the “Fab Five” they’re adding so much to the already impressive Team USA plus they are all so young. I agree with U.S. team director, it can be argued that they are even better than the “Magnificent Seven” in that they are competing in another country. The Olympics have given my Dish coworkers and I a lot to talk about at work. I’m rarely home when the Olympics are on though, so I catch most games on my phone, using the Dish Remote Access app. I’m able to watch the recording on my phone while I commute to work and I can also set up timers on my DVR all from my phone. This is so convenient and I love that I never miss my favorite events.

    2. flutter1 on August 1st, 2012 11:04 am

      @#1 – Does Dish pay you per comment posted or per word?

    3. RK on August 2nd, 2012 12:43 pm

      RE: “all the Russian gymnasts were in tears as they watched”

      From reading various news accounts, the Russian team was reported as being in tears due to the final tumbling run of world champion Ksenia Afanasev (sic), who landed on her knees, resulting in a score of 14.333; not due to their final team score placing them second for the silver.

    4. NGBoston on August 4th, 2012 1:17 pm

      RK. Disagree. While that may have been a factor, I have watched the entire Olympic Coverage for certain events, Gymnastics being one of them-start to finish.

      It appeared to this Viewer, that as soon as each Russian Gymnast knew they had lost the “Gold” or were outscored by their opponents, they were very upset and reduced to tears.

      My belief is that there is so much pressure that is placed upon them simply to win Medals. My heart goes out to them, but I would not call them gracious losers, either.

      One Gymnast even was angry and practically ran over one of her own Coaches and was very angry after her low score and routine. Bad Sportsmanship and conduct in that instance and in front of a Global Public Viewing Audience to boot.

      USA! USA! USA!

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