Simone Biles and the U.S. Women's Olympic Gymnastics Team Won the Gold Medal at the Team Final
The 2016 Olympics women's gymnastics team final results are in, and the U.S. team takes gold in the Team Final event! They were the overwhelming favorite for first place going in, and they delivered. Led by captain Aly Raisman and armed with the power of Simone Biles, along with Gabby Douglas, Laurie Hernandez, and Madison Kocian, the ladies absolutely brought it.
The U.S. women will all go home with some shiny gold hardware, while Russia won silver and China took bronze. The final streamed online at 3 p.m. EST, but if you want to watch all the action for yourself, it’ll air during primetime at 8pm EST on NBC. Here's what happened if you want a sneak peek. Heads up: There are spoilers ahead!
First, here's a little primer on how the scores are determined
- Team U.S.A. came to play, of course, and they had seven teams to go up against: China, Brazil, Germany, Great Britain, Russia, Japan, and the Netherlands.
- Each team has three gymnasts compete in four events: vault, uneven bars, balance beam, and floor exercise.
- Unlike the qualifying round, all three scores count (instead of the best three out of four), according to The New York Times.
- The team with the highest score is awarded gold. (U-S-A! U-S-A!)
Here's who was on deck for the four events from the U.S. squad
- Vault: Hernandez, Raisman, Biles
- Uneven bars: Douglas, Kocian, Biles
- Balance beam: Raisman, Hernandez, Biles
- Floor exercise: Hernandez, Raisman, Biles
There were some major moments in today's events. Douglas and Kocian only competed on the uneven bars, but they both nailed it.
The U.S.'s 46.499 is the highest score on the uneven bars at the halfway point, besting Russia's 46.166. pic.twitter.com/CBmMSU6fQv— USA Gymnastics (@USAGym) August 9, 2016
Douglas came through for Team USA on her uneven bars routine, dismounting with a double layout and earning her a 15.766. Kocian also killed her routine, flipping her way to a 15.933, the highest score of the Games so far according to commentators. Even though both ladies were only in one event, their strong performances made a big difference for their team as a whole.
And Hernandez, Raisman, and Biles absolutely crushed it on the floor exercise.
Laurie Hernandez’ energetic, gravity-defying routine involved a double layout and, according to a commentator, a front double full with a front tuck (!!!) came complete with a sassy hand flip in the air at the end. Raisman won gold on the floor exercise in 2012, and now we remember why — it was pretty much ***flawless. I heard "double Arabian punch front layout with a double pike Arabian," and it looked even more impressive than it sounds. And Biles' Latin-inspired routine obviously incorporated her signature move, The Biles — it was the best floor score of the competition.
After their big win was official, the ladies finally announced their team name.
They might be the last team of 5, but we'll be talking about the Final Five for years to come. https://t.co/rIF5B4mFEs— USA Gymnastics (@USAGym) August 9, 2016
When Biles’ score for the floor exercise was announced, sealing the deal and earning them the gold medal, the ladies huddled up and yelled their team name, which was a secret until now — the Final Five. Don’t worry, you’ll still get more gymnastics in the 2020 Summer Olympics, but due to a rule change the women’s team will only have four members instead of five.
Team U.S.A. came in first place by more than eight points — which is an insane margin for gymnastics.
The final score for the Final Five comes out to 184.897, which is 8.209 points higher than Russia, who will take home the silver medal. For comparison, that’s only .685 ahead of bronze medal-winning China, and 4.601 than Brazil, who came in last out of the eight teams. No surprise, though — they made the final with a score of 185.23 at the qualifying round, a whopping 10 points ahead of the second highest score (China). Winning a gold medal at the Olympics? Amazing. Winning a gold medal by that much? Almost unbelievable.
Congrats, team U.S.A.!
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