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The Fierce Five Party with Jordin Sparks in N.Y.C.

The Fierce Five Party with Jordin Sparks in N.Y.C.

Originally posted 08/16/2012 06:00AM

There's no slowing down for the Fierce Five!

Team USA's group of Olympic gold medalist gymnasts – Aly Raisman, Kyla Ross, McKayla Maroney, Gabby Douglas and Jordyn Wieber – began making their way through New York City, where they partied with Jordin Sparks, but not before attending a lighting ceremony at the Empire State Building.

Following Tuesday's taping of The Today Show, the ladies, with moms in tow, took a bunch of photos at the lighting ceremony and seemed to be having a great time, an onlooker tells PEOPLE.

"Everyone was asking McKayla about her little frown look that got all the online attention," the source says. "She kept getting asked to do it for people."

Following their busy morning, the girls, sans Douglas, got a chance to relax with new pal Sparks, whom they met on the set of Today.

The ladies joined the Sparkle star and her costars at the official afterparty for the film, presented by Alizé Coco, at the Yard at the Soho Grand Hotel.

"The girls were the hit of the party," a different source says. "Everyone wanted a picture of them!"
– Kate Hogan and Dahvi Shira

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Top 10 Athletes to Follow on Facebook: Olympic Edition

PEOPLE Recommends: The Top Athletes on Facebook

Originally posted 08/08/2012 05:00PM

Worried you might go into Olympics withdrawal now that the Games are reaching their final stretch?

Keep the Olympic flame burning long after the Closing Ceremonies Sunday, courtesy of a select group of athletes who've obsessively Facebooked about the Games and are fun to read. Here are the top athletes to follow on Facebook – and don't forget to like People.com for all your celeb news.

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Jordyn Wieber Blogs: 'I Haven't Been Able to Sleep' in London

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Jordyn Wieber Blogs: 'I Haven't Been Able to Sleep' in London

Originally posted 08/08/2012 03:45PM

Jordyn Wieber has always dreamed of being an Olympian. A gymnast since the age of 4, she shot through the ranks and reached elite status in the sport by 10. Wieber was named the 2008 U.S. Junior National Champion, and in 2011, became the all-around World Champion. The 17-year-old Dewitt, Michigan, native and spokesperson for Kellogg's Olympic Program 'From Great Starts Come Great Things' is blogging her experiences from London for PEOPLE.com. Editor's note: If you're on a desktop, click through above for four photos of Jordyn.

What a week!

Now that the gymnastics competition has come to an end, I'm enjoying my time in the Olympic village with my friends and enjoying the whirlwind that comes along with winning the team gold.

It has definitely been an exciting few days. The team competition was an incredible day for all five of us, we feel so honored to have earned our place in the history books.

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Johnny Weir Blogs: Focus on Olympic Talent, Not Scandal

Johnny Weir Blogs: Focus on Olympic Talent, Not Scandal

Originally posted 08/06/2012 01:00PM

Johnny Weir is fabulous. The figure skater, who placed sixth in the 2010 Winter Olympics, has been skating professionally since he was 12 and is no stranger to fierce competition – and fantastic costumes! With winning routines set to hits by Lady Gaga, the sparkle-loving athlete also recently married and now will blog for PEOPLE.com with the same fun energy he brings to the ice.

I love the Olympic Games.

The Olympics are an event that few can fathom but all can enjoy and that's why athletes work our whole lives to put on the greatest show on earth. My hope from this Olympic Games is that people don't lose faith in the Olympic movement.

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Kate Gives U.S. Gymnasts a Thrill

Summer Olympics 2012

Kate Gives U.S. Gymnasts a Thrill

Originally posted 08/06/2012 11:15AM

Gymnastics royalty encountered the real thing on Sunday in London, as four of Team USA's female Olympic gymnasts – out of the so-called Fab Five – were starstruck by an unexpected chat with the Duchess of Cambridge.

Kate, 30, attending the beginning of the event finals at Greenwich Arena, is a huge supporter of Great Britain's athletes at these London Games – but was impressed enough by the gold-winning American team to approach and offer her congratulations.

"Just met princess Kate with @jordyn_wieber @kyla_ross96 & @gabrielledoug she is so beautiful & so nice! I told her I loved her style lol :)," Aly Raisman wrote on Twitter.

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Former Olympic Gymnast Kerri Strug Blogs: Fab Five Win 'Was a True Team Effort'

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Kerri Strug: The Fab Five Win 'Was a True Team Effort'

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.

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POLL: Who's Your Favorite Fab Five Gymnast?

Team USA Wins Gold: Who's Your Favorite Fab Five Gymnast?

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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PEOPLE Recommends: The Top 10 Athletes to Follow on Twitter

Summer Olympics 2012

PEOPLE Recommends: The Top 10 Athletes to Follow on Twitter

Originally posted 08/01/2012 08:45AM

The Summer Olympics are here – and that means fierce competition, heart-warming stories and, of course, Ryan Lochte's abs.

If you can't get enough of the summer games, get your fix 24/7 by following these current and veteran Olympians who deserve gold medals for excellence in Tweeting. Get behind-the-scenes scoop, commentary and more from these PEOPLE-approved athletes!

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U.S. Women's Gymnastics Team Wins the Gold!

UpdatePosted 07/31/2012 11:20PM

U.S. Women's Gymnastics Team Wins the Gold!

Originally posted 07/31/2012 03:25PM

After she failed to make the all-around finals, the sight of a crying Jordyn Wieber, all muscles in her blue leotard, became the image seen around the world.

But tears were turned to triumph Tuesday, when Wieber and the rest of Team U.S.A.'s "Fab Five" – McKayla Maroney, Alexandra Raisman, Kyla Ross and Gabrielle Douglas – earned a gold medal after their breathtaking floor show. Russia finished second, with Romania getting bronze. This is the first team gold medal in the event since 1996 and the second overall.

"This is really important for a little redemption," Wieber, 17, told PEOPLE of her fight back from heartbreak. "There was definitely disappointment [earlier this week], but in the end we ended up with this team medal, and I'm the happiest person right now." (And she shared a photo on Facebook to prove it!)

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Jordyn Wieber Fails to Qualify for All-Around Final

UpdatePosted 07/30/2012 06:05AM

Jordyn Wieber Fails to Qualify for All-Around Final

Originally posted 07/29/2012 03:50PM

Jordyn Wieber was all but a lock to compete in – and potentially win – the all-around final in women's gymnastics at the Olympic Games.

But Sunday, the first day of women's gymnastics competition at the Games, proved to be more dramatic than Wieber, 17, may have expected.

After her routines on vault, beam, bars and floor earned what some believe to be questionably low scores, Wieber was edged out of the individual all-around final, leaving her sobbing on the competition floor. Her teammates Aly Raisman and Gabrielle Douglas qualified for the final.

The current national and world champion, Wieber herself blogged for PEOPLE just days before the Olympics began, saying, "I can't wait for competition to start."

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