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Details about gold medalists the 'Final Five': USA women's Olympic gymnasts

"That's the key for me".

There were a few wobbles here and there, even for Simone Biles, but those imperfections could not stop the United States from blowing away the opposition to capture the Olympic women's team title with a record margin on Tuesday. Before the all-around and event finals later this week, I recommend reading Nancy Armours latest column about them in USA Today. Biles and Raisman should do the same on floor, and Biles is the vault favorite. Simone's grandparents, Ronald and Nellie Biles, made a decision to step in and take the custody of Simone and her youngest sister, Adria in 2003. Last fall at the world championships, Raisman struggled during qualifying and wound up being the odd one out while Biles and Douglas went on to go one-two in the finals. Madison Kocian, the team's uneven bars specialist, shone on the second rotation, getting a stellar 15.933 for her performance.

So while it's a long shot, the topic of a Hernandez upset on beam is at least open for debate. Hernandez started her routine with a wink, making the crowd go passionate.

Martha Karolyi leaned forward, her hands clutching the railing in front of her seat. So she'll drink in the moment, unleash a couple more of her physics-defying tumbling runs and embrace her role as the world's youngest "grandma".

For all five women, the next week will be about staying focused and not allowing extra energy to seep out of their systems.




Brazilian superhero Rafaela Silva's judo gold represents the latest chapter in a fairytale rise for an athlete who hails from Rio's notorious City of God favela, one of the poorest and most unsafe neighborhoods in the country.

"What helps us is that we don't have any expections put on us from anyone else".

Douglas, 20, failed to make the cut to defend her title despite finishing third in qualifiers behind Biles and Raisman. Laurie Hernandez, 16, kicked things off with a wink at the judges before scoring a 14.8, the best of the day, in one of the biggest routines of her life. They sad, they wanted the name to be meaningful. While Karolyi has led the Americans to unprecedented success, the past five years have been dominant by even her standards. She has impressed judges in competitions for her incredible skill, and owns a singularly hard dismount called the double double (now, "the Biles") that only she can do. She coordinated the United States Women's Gymnastics national team and has led the team in 11 Olympics. Starting in 2020 in Tokyo, each team will have four members.

"We saw it happen in prelims, obviously, but we just try to focus on doing our routines the best we can", Raisman said. We'll celebrate. Yummy. Lahr what was already trying it out.

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