US Women’s Gymnastics Choses 5 for Rio Olympic Team
Five U.S. gymnasts will participate in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro next month, and are expecting to win plenty of gold—the U.S. team has not lost an international competition in six years. The new team has returning medalists and Olympic newcomers, including three-time world all-around champion Simone Biles.
The gymnasts will head to a 10-day training camp in Texas before traveling to Brazil. With their track record, they are set to become the first U.S. women’s gymnastics team to win gold in consecutive Olympics.
Meet the team:
1. Simone Biles
Biles, who is known for her exceedingly difficult routines, is a three-time world all-around champ. She recently won her fourth gold medal on June 26 at the P&G Championships. Her victory made her the first woman to win four consecutive national championships in the all-around in 42 years.
2. Gabby Douglas
Gabrielle Douglas is the first African American to win the Olympic individual all-around event. She was also part of the “fierce five” that won the team gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics.
3. Aly Raisman
Alexandra Raisman was a three-time medal winner at the 2012 London Olympics. At 22, she is the oldest in the team and also the leader. Even Biles, the new star of the team, calls her “Grandma Aly.”
Raisman brings her vaulting excellence to the team and lots of experience. She was also at the London games in 2012.
4. Laurie Hernandez
Hernandez is the youngest and seems to become a quick crowd favorite. She competed in her first U.S. championships at the senior level in April this year. At the trials last weekend, she finished first on the beam, third on the floor, fourth on the vault, and second in the all-around.
“It’s crazy to look back and see that I was fan-girling over these amazing superstars back then,” Hernandez told TODAY. “And now we can all be together on a team.”
5. Madison Kocian
Madison Kocian is a 2015 world champion on uneven bars and a two-time World Championship team member.
She was also fifth in the all-around at the national P&G Championships in April.