Yas queens! Our new 2016 Olympic gold medalist gymnasts have given themselves an awesome new name that’s a serious nod to how historical their Aug. 9 all-around win was. See fans freaking out about The Final Five taking home the gold, right here!
The 2016 Olympics were historic for the US women’s gymnastics team for so many reasons! Firstly, Simone Biles, 19, Gabby Douglas, 20, Aly Raisman, 22, Madison Kocian, 19, and Laurie Hernandez, 16, took home the gold for Team USA in the women’s all-around for the second year in a row (only their third overall win.) That, in itself, is historical for American gymnastics. No Cable TV? Relax! Click Here to learn How To Watch The Olympics Online
Then there’s the face that this is the final Olympics where gymnasts will compete in teams of five. Starting at the Tokyo games in 2020, teams will be made up of just four athletes. That means that names like Fab Five and Final Five will be gone for good. (However, we can totally get amped for names like the Flawless Four, etc.)
Perhaps the saddest part of the 2016 games is the fact that longtime team coordinator – and the woman responsible for overhauling US gymnastics and bringing home the sudden influx of gold – Martha Karolyi is retiring. She has been in charge of the team since she took it over from her husband in 2001, and she has worked wonders for the team.
Olympic gymnastics fans all over the country mourned the loss of the five-athlete format and the great Martha, while still celebrating the amazing win by the Final Five. Here are some of their most touching tweets as they said goodbye to gymnastics as they know it.
— Ryan Seacrest (@RyanSeacrest) August 9, 2016
#FinalFive. Final five of the Karolyi dynasty & final five in Olympic history given the Tokyo 2020 format
— The Code of Points (@thecodeofpoints) August 9, 2016
— b (@loveisabattIe) August 9, 2016
— Carla Correa (@pinkgrammar) August 9, 2016
— let me love you (@CaliiCruisinJB) August 9, 2016
— Haus➰Yoncé (@biitchology) August 9, 2016
#FinalFive fitting! and a great way to end the reign of Marta. What a performance !
— SuperGymFan (@supergymfan) August 9, 2016
HollywoodLifers, what do you think about the Final Five’s big win? Are you as excited as these fans are? Share your thoughts with us!