McKayla Maroney, Jordyn Wieber, Gabby Douglas, Aly Raisman & Kyla Ross on the podium after receiving their gold medals.
The image of the Women’s Gymnastics team holding hands and backing up to view the screen will forever be in our memory. Even though we all knew that the USA team had blown the competition away, it was good to see them unite and stand as one.
From the moment the team took the floor for amazing performance on the vault, it was obvious they were going to win as they never trailed after. They were able to finish with a score of 183.596 with Russia, their nearest competition winning Silver (178.530) and Romania (176.414) with bronze.
“It’s the best team of all time,” U.S. gymnastics coach John Geddert said. “Others might disagree. The ’96 team might disagree. But this is the best team. Difficulty-wise, consistency wise, this is USA’s finest.”
Many had doubts in this team going into the Olympics, mainly because Russia had their star Aliya Mustafina returning. That didn’t seem to stop them from believing and dominating in all aspects.
The most amazing part was to see the evolution of Gabby Douglas. Gabby, who had struggled on balance beam most of the summer, became clutch in London. Despite the fact that she lost the title in the U.S. Championships, she received the highest score in Olympic qualifying and again last night.
Her score on the beam is what, pretty much, sealed the gold medal for Team USA. She received a score of 15.233 and immediately you could hear the chants of U-S-A ring through the stadium.
Even though the USA had a strong team in the last Olympics, most forget that they didn’t take home the Gold medal. This is the first team they have taken home gold since 1996, which makes the night more special for these girls.
“It’s crazy to think the U.S. hasn’t won a gold medal since ’96,” Douglas said. “I was feeling so confident, though. You have to feel confident and believe in yourself and trust. If you can do that, everything’s going to be OK.”
The perseverance of this team was beautiful for anyone to watch. The image of them receiving their gold medals was the visual of hope and persistence. Teaching young girls everywhere to never give up and always follow your dreams.