The “Final Five” Women’s Gymnastics team is gathering gold medals in the Rio Olympics this week. For the last time under the instruction of their beloved coach, Marta Karolyi, the U.S. Women’s Gymnastics team is the crew to beat. The team decided their name would be the “Final Five” after hearing that this will be the last Olympic games for Coach Marta, who is planning to retire after the Rio competition.
“We’re the Final Five because this is Marta’s last Olympics and without her none of this would have been possible … we wanted to do it for her just because she’s there with us every single day,” said Aly Raisman during an interview on the Today show Wednesday morning.
Last night, the “Final Five” made their own dreams come true by winning their second consecutive Olympic Gold medal in the all-around team competition in Rio. The women not only won the gold, but they won it by quite a large margin.
“It feels amazing. And just competing at another Olympics and making history is just something so special … Just to have this bond – unique bond – with all these girls and to go out and represent the USA as best as we could and we did. It just feels amazing,” said Olympian Gabby Douglas.
The first ten seconds of Olympic veteran Aly Raisman’s floor routine have since gone viral on the internet. After years of training the routine, Aly hit a home run yesterday. Her performance was flawless. One commentator was quoted saying that it “was the best routine I’ve seen Aly Raisman do … unbelievable!” In one night, Aly’s routine was retweeted more than 18,000 times. She truly left everything she had all on the mats.
The “Final Five” women’s gymnastics will take a swing in the next Olympic games, as the 2020 games are set to only include a team of four members. This will truly be the final occasion for these five special women to show the world who’s best.
The team came into this Olympic games as champions, and they have conducted themselves as such from the very beginning. Intimidation is a strong tool in the minds of their competitors. Coming off five consecutive titles, Aly Raisman spoke up to say, “We’re going in as the best team in the world. We should carry ourselves that way, not be scared and shaky because we have that pressure.”
Shaky they were not! The five young women through down the proverbial gauntlet for the other teams. Nearly every other team in the competition suffered a fall during their routine. Not the “Final Five.” Each of their five routines was solid and scored at the highest possible level. The team finished with the largest point margin since the newest scoring system went into place in 2006.
The final score announcement was slathered in praise and applause by the live audience and a resounding yell from the all-star team. “We are the Final Five!”
“WE ARE THE FINAL FIVE” oh and one more thing… We’re also OLYMPIC CHAMPIONS pic.twitter.com/o9AvtqkeB6
— Alexandra Raisman (@Aly_Raisman) August 10, 2016
The Women’s Individual All-Around final is set to commence tomorrow at 3 p.m. Eastern Daylight time. Sunday will host the Women’s Vault and Women’s Uneven Bars final to hash out individual gymnasts and their spectacular talents. We have not seen the last of Simone Biles, Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas, Madison Kocian, and Laurie Hernandez.
An honorable mention should be extended to the Russian gymnastics team for clinching second place for the silver medal, and team China for grasping the bronze medal. Japan, Great Britain, and Germany all fell short of the podium this year in the Rio Olympic Games.
when a fire alarm goes off in your building, grab your medal and gym bag. #everythingisokay
— Simone Biles (@Simone_Biles) August 10, 2016
Keep a watchful eye on the “Final Five” Women’s Gymnastics team in the next few days. They are sure to bring forth many new and amazing Olympic memories.
[Photo by Julio Cortez/AP Images]