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Originally posted 08/03/2012 06:30PM
Call them the Fab Four. Or, perhaps even more fitting, the Golden Girls.
After scoring the top spot on the medals stand in Thursday's all-around gymnastics competition, Gabrielle "Gabby" Douglas was in good company with the three other American women who achieved the same feat.
Douglas, 16, officially joined the ranks of Nastia Liukin, Carly Patterson and Mary Lou Retton – and posed with her fellow all-around champions following her 62.232-point finish.
"Four generations of champs!" Tweeted Retton, 44, who won gold in the 1984 all-around. (Patterson, 24, won the all-around in 2004, and Liukin, 22, won it in 2008.)
Originally posted 08/03/2012 03:55PM
Aly Raisman has long been known as a mentally tough, incredibly consistent gymnast.
So it was quite a shock for fans to see Raisman, 18, make a major, uncharacteristic error in the women's gymnastics all-around final on Thursday, leaving her just shy of a medal.
But Raisman's Olympic experience isn't over yet. She'll compete on the balance beam and floor individual finals on Tuesday.
"I'm really excited about that," Raisman (who won team gold earlier in the week) told reporters after a tie-breaker left her off the podium Thursday. "I'm just going to keep working hard and move past it."
Originally posted 08/03/2012 01:25PM
In 1996, gymnast Kerri Strug vaulted into history. The anchor for Team USA at the Atlanta Olympics, she competed on an injured ankle to help secure women's gymnastics their first-ever team gold medal – and Tuesday, she watched this year's 'Fab Five' win the second team gold. The now married mom of one is a spokesperson for Hilton HHonors's Support the Dream program, which allows fans to connect with Olympians. "Since I know how much the support of the fans means to the athletes, it's great to be part of a program where fans can send good luck messages to Team USA," says Strug, 34. While at the Games with her husband, Robert Fischer III, the Olympic gold medalist is blogging for PEOPLE.com about her experiences in London.
It's definitely been an unforgettable Olympic Games so far for U.S. Women's Gymnastics. Gabby and Aly both looked focused and ready for the competition as they entered the arena, and just like the team finals, they got off to a great start on the vault.
In the women's all-around, momentum and confidence are key to success, so starting on the vault was definitely beneficial to the girls since this is one of their best events.
Originally posted 08/03/2012 07:00AM
On her way to the women's all-around competition at the London Olympics – arguably the biggest meet of her life – Gabby Douglas had a good feeling.
"I was on the bus and it was raining and I thought, 'It's going to be a great day,' " Douglas, 16, told PEOPLE on Thursday after winning the all-around gold medal. "My mom used to tell me when I was little, 'When it rains, it's God's manifestation, a big day's waiting to happen.' "
"I texted my mom, 'It's raining. You know what that means.' "
And a big day it was for the gymnast dubbed "The Flying Squirrel," winning the most coveted prize in her sport. It comes just two days after she took home the team gold medal alongside Aly Raisman, McKayla Maroney, Kyla Ross and People.com blogger Jordyn Wieber.
Originally posted 08/02/2012 02:35PM
After winning the team final earlier in the Games, USA golden girls Gabrielle "Gabby" Douglas and Aly Raisman had another shot at glory Thursday in the women's all-around competition.
With Russian frontrunners Aliya Mustafina and Viktoria Komova also vying for the most coveted prize in women's gymnastics, the exciting competition came down to the final routines.
After the first rotation on vault, 16-year-old Douglas sat in the top spot in the standings ... and she never gave up that rank, winning the all-around gold medal!
An uncharacteristic and major error on beam left Raisman in fourth place behind Komova (silver) and Mustafina (bronze).
Originally posted 08/01/2012 12:20PM
In 1996, gymnast Kerri Strug vaulted into history. The anchor for Team USA at the Atlanta Olympics, she competed on an injured ankle to help secure women's gymnastics their first-ever team gold medal – and Tuesday, she watched this year's 'Fab Five' win the second team gold. The now married mom of one is a spokesperson for Hilton HHonors's Support the Dream program, which allows fans to connect with Olympians. "Since I know how much the support of the fans means to the athletes, it's great to be part of a program where fans can send good luck messages to Team USA," says Strug, 34. While at the Games with her husband, Robert Fischer III, the Olympic gold medalist will blog for PEOPLE.com about her experiences in London.
I was thrilled to be in the stands to cheer on Team USA to a gold medal at the Women's Gymnastics Team finals. It brought back so many memories from the 1996 Atlanta Games. Congrats to all the members of Team USA and their families. We are all proud of you and proud to be Americans.
As I entered the North Greenwich Arena, I had butterflies in my stomach. This year's team is so mentally and physically strong, I knew they had what it would take to bring home Gold in the team competition.
My husband Robert and I had a great view from our seats and the arena was full of fans from every country, waving with flags and supporting their home team. Team USA started on the vault, their best event, and the first rotation set the tempo for the rest of the night.
Originally posted 08/01/2012 10:15AM
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 ...
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