The U.S. Women’s Gymnastics team is on fire — and they are only just getting started.
According to the Huffington Post, the five-member team took home a gold medal on Tuesday, Aug. 9 in Rio de Janeiro in the team all-around competition after posting a nearly 10-point lead over China in the qualifying round. The squad — comprised of Aly Raisman, Gabrielle Douglas, Simone Biles, Laurie Hernandez and Madison Kocian — won the gold by eight points, with Russia earning a silver medal and China taking home the bronze, reports the Huffington Post.
The “Final Five” (who will be the final team of five gymnasts for the U.S. and the final team Marta Karolyi will coach and coordinate for Team USA, according to TODAY) began their competition at the vault, followed by a turn on the bars and the beam and concluded with floor exercise, says the Huffington Post, with three gymnasts competing in each event. This follows what is known as the “three-up, three-count” format, according to the Huffington Post, who explained the system this way:
“Though the U.S. team has five members, the final is conducted in a format known as ‘three-up, three-count,’ meaning only three gymnasts from each country perform on each event and every score counts toward the team total. (In qualifying rounds, the format is “four-up, three-count,” and the lowest score on each event is dropped from the team total.) So every routine and each deduction is a high-stakes affair. There’s no room for error in the team final.”
But after several flawless performances by each of the teammates, the team secured the gold, which the Huffington Post reports is the second consecutive team all-around gold medal for the United States.
What’s more is that the Huffington Post says each team member has qualified for an individual event final: “Biles on vault, beam and floor; Raisman on floor; Kocian and Douglas on bars; and Hernandez on beam. Biles, Raisman and Douglas took the top three all-around spots in qualifications, though the “two per country” rule means that Douglas will not be allowed to defend her Olympic all-around title on Thursday.”
With many more events still to come for Team USA gymnastics, it’s safe to say that all eyes will be on the Final Five, awaiting their next gold-medal moment.