U.S. Women's Gymnastic Team With McKayla Maroney & Jordyn Wieber Wins Gold
Jordyn Wieber, 17, may have started out the week on a low note, failing to qualify for the all-around final gymnastic competition, but her dreams were still realized when the U.S. women's gymnastics team, or the "Fabulous Five" (as Wieber, Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas, McKayla Maroney and Kyla Ross have been dubbed) secured the gold medal in the team final event on Tuesday with a cumulative score of 183.596, more than five full points over the silver medalists from Russia.
Though Maroney,16, was the only teammate of the Fab Five to compete in just one event, the vault, her 16.233 was the highest score of all the team final competitors. For Wieber's part, her setback earlier this week didn't stop her from executing very strong performances in all three of her team sports — the floor, vault and uneven bar routines. Wieber ended up with a vault score of 15.933, just barely outdone by Douglas' 15.966, reports the New York Times.
By the time Raisman closed out the team's performances, it was clear that both Russia and China had suffered large enough setbacks that the U.S. Fabulous Five would nab the gold. When Raisman, Douglas, Ross and Maroney heard that they were number one, the teammates and friends embraced emphatically, celebrating on the sidelines.
This marks the first Olympic team gold medal for the United States women's team since the Magnificent Seven scored it in 1996.
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