The U.S. Women’s Gymnastics team dominated Tuesday’s all-around competition at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, walking away with the gold – and a new nickname.
Coach Marta Karolyi is retiring after the Rio games.
“We wanted to do it for her just because she’s there with us every single day,” Raisman said.
Raisman added: “This is the last Olympics where there’s a five-girl team. The next Olympics is only going to be a four-person team.”
The team dominated all of the events and went into their final rotation – floor exercise – ahead by nearly five points.
“I felt relieved but very excited because Laurie went up first, totally rocked it. And then Aly,” Biles said. “Then it was my turn to just finish it off and I was just very proud of the whole entire team.”
The big win was extra special for returning Olympians Raisman and Douglas, who won their second all-around competition on Tuesday – a back-to-back accomplishment.
“It feels amazing. And just competing at another Olympics and making history is just something so special,” Douglas said on Today. “Just to have this bond – unique bond – with all these girls and to go out and represent USA as best as we could and we did. It just feels amazing.”
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In the aftermath of the big win, the five gymnasts are getting used to their new gold medals.
“It feels pretty heavy,” Raisman said. “It doesn’t really feel real.”