Fly, Gabby Fly: Gabby Douglas Leads Women’s Gymnastics Team to Gold at Olympics
The U.S. women took the prized gold with an overall score of 183.596, followed by Russia with a score of 178.530, and Romania with a score of 176.414.
The women’s team, comprised of Jordyn Wieber, Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas, Kyla Ross and McKayla Maroney, were split into teams of three to cover the balance beam, uneven bars, vault and floor. It was no easy task, but these young ladies made it look as if grace had taken flight.
Sixteen year old Gabby Douglas and Jordyn Wieber led their team to gold with near perfect performances.
Wieber set a strong tone by earning 15.933 points, and Douglas one-upped her, garnering a 15.966. Then McKayla Maroney’s compact, two-and-a-half flip produced an incredible 16.233 and energized the U.S. team. And that energy sent shockwaves through the crowd, whose eyes remain fixed on the team throughout the competition.
Russia was initially in the running for the gold, but two of its team member fell on the uneven bars. Thanks to mistakes made by the Russian gymnasts, there were only 40.300 points separating the American team from the gold. Toward the end of Wieber’s routine, she seemed to struggle to contain her excitement because her team was so close to victory.
As the gymnasts waited for the final scores, chants of “USA, USA, USA” could be heard from the crowd.
China, the defending champions, were defeated by Romania.
The current girls gymnastics team has already been dubbed “The Fab Five”, but apparently, the team prefers “Fierce Five” to “Fab Five”.
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