Team USA just stuck the landing! Gabby Douglas, Simone Biles and the rest of the American women’s gymnastics team were flawless during the all-around team event on Aug. 9. The Fab Five vaulted their way over the competition to a gold medal!
All eyes – those in Rio and around the world — were on the American team as they entered the final event. After the Fab Five — Simone Biles, 19, Gabby Douglas, 20, Aly Raisman, 22, Madison Kocian, 19, and Laurie Hernandez, 16 — dominated the qualifiers, many expected Team USA to go back-to-back, securing their second consecutive gold medal at the Team All-Around event.
They did not disappoint. Madison and Gaby absolutely slayed on the uneven bars. Laurie was incredible during her floor routine, as was Aly. Yet, Simone Biles nailed the best score on the floor for the whole competition! It’s no surprise that at the end of all the rotations, the Fab Five became “The Final Five,” standing tall among the rest of the competition! The USA won with a score with 184.897. Russia secured the silver with 176.688 and China took home the bronze with a score of 176.003.
There was plenty of drama going into this event – but not how you think! While the women’s team had no issues securing their place in the final, the same could not be said about Gabby Douglas. The 20-year-old Olympian was denied the opportunity to defend her London 2012 all-around gold medal after her teammates, Simone and Ally, qualified ahead of her. Since only two gymnasts are allowed to compete in the final, the third-place Gabby was shut out!
The USA suffered a major gymnastic heartbreak at Rio 2016. The men’s team was on their way to secure a medal when they took the worst kind of tumble. After the Americans made too many mistakes early in the competition, Danell Leyva, 24, needed to go hard in order to keep their Olympic dreams alive.
Sadly, Danell fell off the uneven bars, and the utter devastation on his face accurately summed up how the rest of the team felt. They placed fifth – just like in London 2012 – behind Great Britain, China, Russia and Japan.
Congratulations to Team USA! What do you think about the results of the Women’s Team All-Around event, HollywoodLifers? Did your favorite gymnastics squad win?