USA wins team gold in women's gymnastics at 2016 Olympic Games
posted on 08/09/2016

© John Cheng

RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug. 9, 2016 – The U.S. Olympic Team for women’s gymnastics made history today by winning the USA’s second consecutive Olympic team title at the 2016 Olympic Games at the Rio Olympic Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The USA clinched the gold medal with a score of 184.897, more than an eight-point margin of victory. Russia earned the silver medal (176.688) and China took bronze at 176.003. Competition continues tomorrow with the Men’s all-around final at 4 p.m. local time.

The gold-medal finish is the seventh-consecutive team medal for the U.S. women and the third women’s team gold in U.S. history. The Magnificent Seven clinched the first-ever team gold medal for the U.S. women at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. Sixteen years later, the “Fierce Five” earned team gold at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Additionally, the U.S. is the first country to win back-to-back women’s team titles since Romania earned gold in 2004.

The U.S. women’s team features: Simone Biles of Spring, Texas/World Champions Centre; Gabby Douglas of Tarzana, Calif./Buckeye Gymnastics; Laurie Hernandez of Old Bridge, N.J./MG Elite; Madison Kocian, Dallas, Texas/WOGA Gymnastics; and Aly Raisman, Needham, Mass./Brestyan's American Gymnastics

Event scores for Team USA

  • Total: 184.897
  • Events: vault – 46.866.; uneven bars – 46.499; balance beam – 45.533; floor exercise – 45.999.

Individual scores for Team USA:

  • Vault: Hernandez, 15.100; Raisman, 15.833; Biles, 15.933.
  • Uneven bars: Biles, 14.800; Douglas, 15.766; Kocian, 15.933.
  • Balance beam: Raisman, 15.000; Hernandez, 15.233; Biles, 15.300.
  • Floor exercise: Hernandez, 14.833; Raisman, 15.366; Biles, 15.800.

Event highlights

  • Vault: Hernandez – Yurchenko double full; Raisman ¬– Amanar; Biles – Amanar
  • Uneven bars
    • Biles – toe-on full pirouette to Tkatchev, piked Tkatchev to Pak salto, closed routine with a full-twisting double back dismount.
    • Douglas – in-bar stalder full pirouette, piked Tkatchev to Pak salto, Shaposhnikova half; closed routine with a double layout dismount.
    • Kocian – toe-on Shaposhnikova, Pak salto, Shaposhnikova half, in-bar stalder half, straddle Jaeger, stalder full pirouette, dismounts with a full-twisting double back.
  • Balance beam
    • Raisman – piked front to wolf jump; back handspring, layout, closed with an Arabian double front dismount.
    • Hernandez – front pike, back handspring, layout, layout series, sheep jump, front tuck to wolf jump, side aerial, switch ring, and dismounted with a double pike.
    • Biles – opened with wolf turn, barani, back handspring, layout stepout, layout stepout series, dismounts with a full-twisting double back.
  • Floor exercise
    • Hernandez – opened with a double layout, Arabian double front to stag jump, front layout, front double full, front tuck, closed routine with a tucked double back.
    • Raisman – opened with a one-and-a-half through to Arabian double front punch layout, tumbled an Arabian double pike to stag jump, closed routine with a piked double back.
    • Biles – opened with a layout full-out, tumbled a double layout half-out (the Biles), a tucked double-double before dismounting with a full-in.

Individual finals

  • All-around: Sam Mikulak and Chris Brooks will compete in the men’s all-around final Aug. 10, and Biles and Raisman will compete in the women’s all-around final on Aug. 11.
  • Aug 14: men -- floor exercise, Mikulak and Dalton, and pommel horse, Naddour; women – vault, Biles and uneven bars, Kocian and Douglas.
  • Aug. 15: men – still rings, vault; women – balance beam, Biles and Hernandez
  • Aug. 16: men – parallel bars, Leyva, and horizontal bar, Leyva and Mikulak; women – floor exercise, Biles and Raisman.

Ways to follow the action
NBC is the broadcast and web source for coverage and news on the Olympic Games.

  • NBCOlympics.com. NBCOlympics.com will carry live coverage of every gymnastics session as well as all sports, and maintain an archive for on-demand coverage. The gymnastics schedule is listed below.
    • Aug. 10, men’s all-around final, 3 p.m. ET
    • Aug. 11, women’s all-around final, 3 p.m. ET
    • Aug. 14, individual event finals, 1 p.m. ET
    • Aug. 15, individual event finals, 1 p.m. ET
    • Aug. 16, individual event finals, 1 p.m. ET
  • NBC. Gymnastics coverage is expected to appear in the primetime broadcast.
    • Aug. 9, women’s team final, 8 p.m. ET
    • Aug. 10, men’s all-around final, 8 p.m. ET
    • Aug. 11, women’s all-around final, 8 p.m. ET

USA Gymnastics and the United States Olympic Committee are also providing easy ways to follow the action from Rio.

  • USAGym2016.com. Original stories, athlete bios, schedules, results and more are available at usagym2016.com.
  • USAGym.org. The USA Gymnastics official website is a great source for information about the sport: latest news, the schedule of its premier events, athlete biographies, videos, photo galleries and more.
  • TeamUSA.org. The U.S. Olympic Committee’s website will also be a good resource for information on the Team USA in Rio.
  • Social Media. USA Gymnastics is providing live updates and exclusive content, including interviews and photos, on Facebook and Twitter (@USAGym).