It’s the moment we’ve been waiting for! The USA women’s gymnastics team has finally let us all in on their new nickname. Upon winning the gold medal at the Rio Olympic Arena on Aug. 9, the ladies named themselves the Final Five, because they’re the last team to be composed of five members — starting in 2020, a team will only be able to have four.
The U.S. women’s gymnastics team has selected a much-anticipated nickname after a group vote! Simone Biles, 19, Gabby Douglas, 20, Aly Raisman, 22, Madison Kocian, 19, and Laurie Hernandez, 16, will hereby be known as the “Final Five”, which they announced upon bringing home the gold after completely slaying the competition. You go, girls!!
After a two-hour display of grace, class and impeccable precision, the leaping ladies earned a score of 184.897, clearing Russia (who took the silver) by more than eight points. Talk about a blowout! We couldn’t be prouder of our fantastic team, and we love that they kept their new name a secret throughout the competition — it couldn’t have been easy.
As for the new team name — the group was previously known as the “Fab Five” — the decision comes as a result of the change in rules that there will only be four women to a team, starting with the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, per the The International Gymnastics Federation (FIG). “The team format will be four gymnasts, four compete on each apparatus, and three scores count. The best countries will be able to qualify up to two individual gymnasts also through World Cups, Challenge Cups, and Continental Championships. There are many other formulas for AA gymnasts to qualify outside of the teams. The final details are still to be worked out, but the format is now set,” FIG committee member Steve Butcher said in a statement.
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