The U.S. women's gymnastics team is made up of five of the most dominant gymnasts in the world.
Simone Biles, Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas, Laurie Hernandez, and Madison Kocian took home the gold for the team competition last night at the Rio Olympics. Finally, they decided to spill the beans on their team name, which they hadn't revealed up until the big night: The Final Five.
"We're the 'Final Five' because this is Marta [Karolyi's] last Olympics and without her none of this would've been possible," Aly Raisman said on TODAY, referring to the USA team national coordinator. "We wanted to do it for her just because she's there with us every single day."
But the reason is two-fold, as well. There will never be another group of five to make it to the finals group in the championship. "This is the last Olympics where there's a five girl team," Raisman continued. "The next Olympics is only gonna be a four-person team."
American Olympic teams have historically created their own names for distinct purposes. The most popular of the past have been The Magnificent Seven and The Fierce Five, so The Final Five fits right in with the legendary.
The team has had its share of personal triumph and criticism from the media—particularly the black women. While Biles, the leading performer of the competition, was unfairly (and ridiculously) targeted as an adoptee due to her parents' drug addiction, Douglas has been criticized (again) for her hair. But the greatest moment so far, which hopefully has provided the young women with some comic relief, has come from the parents of Aly Raisman whom the internet fell in love with.
"They think that they are doing gymnastics," Raisman commented on the show. "They swerve around. I don't even know what they are doing," she laughed.
"To be at the biggest competition of my life, I think that's such an amazing thing because I feel like we went through it together," Laurie Hernandez said on the support of all of their parents.
Sounds pretty fitting to me.
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