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Team USA scored gold in women’s all-around gymnastics yesterday, with a total score of 184.897. Aly Raisman, Simone Biles, Gabby Douglas, Laurie Hernandez, and Madison Kocian, also known as the ‘Final Five’ beat second-place Russia by more than 8 points, the largest margin of victory for an Olympic women’s team in fifty years. After receiving their scores, the women huddled together and yelled, “We are the Final Five!”
The win marks the women’s fifth consecutive title in a major international competition, but will also make them the last U.S. team to win gold with a five-member gymnastics team. The 2020 games in Tokyo will only have four-member teams. Furthermore, this was the last Olympics for famed gymnastics coach Marta Karolyi, who previously led the Fierce Five and the Magnificent Seven teams to win gold in the 2012 London and 1996 Atlanta Olympics, respectively. For Douglas and Raisman, this win makes them the first American women to secure a second Olympic gold medal.
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Despite the success in gymnastics, Team USA faced a few ups and downs when it came to other Women’s sports: