Team USA’s “Fab Five” earned a gold medal after an astonishing showing in the women’s team gymnastics competition on Tuesday. Showcasing a variety of skills in separate events, Jordyn Wieber, McKayla Maroney, Alexandra Raisman, Kyla Ross and Gabrielle Douglas’s golden accomplishment was the first for the American gymnasts since 1996, and the second overall. But which high-flying female had you cheering the loudest? Take our poll below …
Jordyn Wieber: She may have made her Olympic debut at this summer’s London Games, but the 17-year-old gymnast (and People.com blogger) is already a world champion. She holds four impressive titles: 2011 world all-around champion, 2011 world team champion and 2-time U.S. all-around champion. After being edged out of the individual all-around final on Sunday, Wieber bounced back to help her team take home the gold Tuesday.
McKayla Maroney: As the 2011 world vault champion, viewers were in for a treat when Maroney took the floor in London on Tuesday. After bounding through the air during her routine, her high score helped lead Team USA to gold. “It was the best feeling to be up there and watch that flag go up,” Maroney said. “I’ve pictured it. And it was pretty close to what I pictured. It was just the best feeling,” she told the Associated Press.
Alexandra Raisman: She is more than a gold medal winning Olympian, now she’s a viral smash! While Raisman competed on the uneven bars Sunday, her parents, Lynn and Rick, squirmed in their seats as they cheered on their daughter. But all wriggling aside, during the team final, Raisman’s skills on the balance beam and floor contributed to USA gymnastics first team gold in 16 years.
Kyla Ross: Her nickname is “Mighty Mouse” and during Sunday’s team final, she showed the world just how mighty she could be. During her routine on the uneven bars – which was once known as America’s weakest event – Ross earned a score of 14.933 and later, topped that score after she earned 15.133 on the balance beam.
Gabrielle Douglas: When it comes to reaching new heights on the uneven bars, Douglas is so talented that the National Team Coordinator for USA Gymnastics dubbed her the “Flying Squirrel.” After leading her team to victory, Douglas – who trains with former Olympian Shawn Johnson’s coach – will compete again on Aug. 6.