?We are the Final Five!? team U.S.A. cheered when they dominated the Olympics 2016 Women?s Gymnastics team final in Rio de Janeiro.
This is their second consecutive Olympic gold with world championship titles in 2011, 2014, and 2015. So there?s no doubt that they really are the favoured team in the Rio Olympics Women?s Gymnastics competition.
In the team final, they edged out their competitors not only by a few tenths but by multiple points, NBC Olympics reports. The final five, Gabby Douglas, Aly Raisman, Simone Biles, Laurie Hernandez, and Madison Kocian, all exuded confidence in all their routines despite having the weight of the world?s expectations on their shoulders.
In a pre-Olympic interview, Raisman said, ?We?re going in as the best team in the world, so we should carry ourselves that way, not be scared and shaky because we have that pressure. It should be the opposite.?
Raisman, who is team captain both in Rio and London added, ?You know, you walk in like you?re number one and I think that?s intimidating to everyone else.? What Raisman said was truly demonstrated by the American women?s gymnastics team at the Rio Olympics. They use their world dominance not to put pressure on themselves but to use it as their motivation.
Team U.S.A. scored 184.897 points in their team total. They led by over eight points from Russia who finished with their second consecutive silver, while China finished in third. The Final Five?s score was the largest margin of victory since the scoring system ?Perfect 10? was implemented in 2006. They easily broke the 5.066 record set by the Fierce Five in the London Olympics.
In a report by USA Today, U.S. national team coordinator Martha Karolyi said, ?Every year we became better and better and I think at this moment we can say the United States dominates the world of gymnastics.?
Did you miss the Women?s gymnastics team final? You can catch the replay here.
Next up will be the individual events. Check out the schedule of the Women?s Gymnastics events below to catch them live:
Women?s Individual All-Around Final, Thursday, August 11 at 4:00p.m.
Women?s Vault Final, Sunday, August 14 at 2:47p.m.
Women?s Uneven Bars Final, Sunday, August 14 at 4:21p.m.
Women?s Balance Beam Final, Monday, August 15 at 3:46p.m.
Women?s Floor Exercise Final, Tuesday, August 16 at 4:47p.m.