Golden Games: U.S. women’s gymnastics team wins gold medal
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil – The spotlight was set on the U.S. women’s gymnastics team as they were seeking their first gold medal of the Rio Olympic Games.
Earlier this week, the team stunned the competition during qualifying by finishing the night almost 10 points ahead of the closest team.
As it turns out, finals night would be extremely similar.
On Tuesday, the team started off on the vault with three U.S. gymnasts competing on the aparatus.
Laurie Hernandez kicked things off by earning a 15.1 from the judges.
Next up was Aly Raisman and Simone Biles, who both completed beautiful Amanars, which is one of the most difficult vaults a female gymnast can complete.
Raisman earned a 15.83 and Biles received a 15.93 from the judges, which averaged to a 15.62 on vault for the team.
Next, the team moved to the uneven bars where Biles kicked things off but earned her lowest score of the night, a 14.8.
Gabby Douglas stuck a double layout, earning a 15.7.
Madison Kocian, a bar specialist, pulled out all the stops, earning a 15.93 on the only apparatus that she competed in during the Olympics.
The team then headed to take on the balance beam with Raisman earning a 15.0, followed by a 15.2 for Hernandez.
Biles, who was the final team gymnast on the beam, earned a 15.3.
Heading into the final event, the team was up by almost five points ahead of China and Japan.
Hernandez started off the floor routine, but was a little shaky, earning a 14.83.
Raisman took the floor and finished a beautiful routine with a 15.36, meaning that Simone Biles would need to score at least a 7.59 to earn the gold medal.
Biles delivered, lifting the U.S. ahead of Russia to win the team gold medal with a score of 184.89 to 176.68.