The Fab Five Gymnasts End A 16-Year-Drought With Gold
It was a first, for the 1996 Women’s gymnastics team at the Olympics in Atlanta. The gold wrapped around what was deemed the “Magnificent Seven”: Shannon Miller, Dominique Moceanu, Dominique Dawes, Kerri Strug, Amy Chow, Amanda Borden and Jaycie Phelps. Coached by Béla Károlyi. A true group of Olympians. But that was then…
Today, marks the end of a 16-year-drought, where a new era of gymnasts called the “Fab Five”: Jordyn Wieber, Gabby Douglas, Aly Raisman, McKayla Maroney and Kyla Ross claimed the Gold representing the U.S.A. in London. It was an outstanding overall performance and solid execution of which they beat the Russians.
After close competition with the Russians on the uneven bars, things seemed to balance out on the the beam as the United States took command of the lead after Russia’s final gymnast fell to the mat. The Fab Five secured their lead and were decorated in gold…once again. Coached by Mihai Brestyan.
Gold: U.S.A. 183.596
Silver: Russia 178.530
Bronze: Romania 176.414