Dominant Back-to-Back for U.S Women's Gymnastic team
In 2012, 5 young ladies ended a 16-year drought for the U.S by winning the Gold Medal in Team's all-around Women’s gymnastics. The 5 young ladies were so dominant that U.S gymnast coach said that they were better than the “Magnificent Seven” of the 1996 Atlanta Games - the first American team to bring home Gold.
Well, the 2016 team may be better than both.
Martha Karolyi, 73, walks away from the sport with another gold medal after being the coordinator U.S Gymnastics since 2001. She retires after 40 years in the sport, also putting together possibly the best U.S women’s gymnastic team ever. Gabby Douglas and Aly Raisman returned to the team, joining 16-year-old Laurie Hernandez, Madison Kocian, and Simone Biles were selected for Karolyi final Olympic team and they dominated the field with a score of 184.897, an 8.209-point margin of victory and 1.301-point better than their score from the 2012 games.
Russia finished received silver once again with a score of 176.688 and China won bronze with a score of 176.003.
This is the first time a country has won back-to-back gold medals since Romania did it in 2000 and 2004. Douglas and Raisman become the first americans to win back-to-back golds in teams all-around competition.
Karolyi has set up a dynasty with young and veteran talent. Douglass and Raisman are continuing to add to their legacies, while newcomers like Hernanadez - the first U.S born athlete born in 2000 to win a gold medal - is on the verge of superstardom. Simone Biles, the smallest of the bunch but with the most power, finished first place in qualifiers for every individual category.
Next for the U.S women’s gymnastic team is individual competition. Biles is looking to become not only the second straight American to win the gold, but also the second African-American to achieve the feat. Raisman is finished second place in qualifiers, looking for a medal after finishing fourth in the 2012 games. If one of the two Americans do win gold, it will be the fourth U.S gymnast to win gold in the individual all-around competition, a first in Olympic history.
Whether this unit is better the 2012 five will be debated for years to come, but what is consistent is the same elegance, flair, execution, and dominance.