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On Tuesday, August 9th, 2016, Simone Biles, Madison Kocian, Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas, and Laurie Hernandez accepted their Olympic gold medals for the team portion of women’s gymnastics in Rio de Janeiro and became the last U.S. team to be coordinated by women’s gymnastics coach Marta Karolyi.
The competition was America’s from the start. The United States ended up winning the gold medal with a score of 184.897, almost 8 whole points ahead of silver medalist Russia, who ended the competition with an overall 176.688, while China earned bronze with 176.003 points. This also marked the first time Team USA has claimed gold in back-to-back Olympics (the Fierce Five, made up of McKayla Maroney, Gabby Douglas, Aly Raisman, Jordyn Weiber, and Kyla Ross took home top honors in 2012 at London).
Expect to continue to see Team USA on the medal stand, as Simone Biles and Aly Raisman are competing in the individual all-around final on Thursday, August 11. On Sunday, August 14, Gabby Douglas and Madison Kocian will compete in the uneven bars final. That day, Biles will also be competing in the vault final. Laurie Hernandez will join Biles for the balance beam final on Monday, August 15th, and Raisman and Biles are on track to compete in the floor exercise final on Tuesday, August 16.