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Simone Biles & Gabby Douglas lead 'Final Five' to 2nd consecutive gold medal in team final

They did it back to back! Team USA won the Gold for the second time in a row in the Women's Gymnastics team final!  The team, comprised of Simone Biles, Gabby Douglas, Laurie Hernandez, Aly Raisman & Madison Kocian came to dominate, and they did just that! Raisman and Douglas returned from the 2012 team, and this year's win makes them the only U.S. gymnasts to collect three Olympic gold medals.

Following in the footsteps of 1996's the Magnificent Seven and the Fierce Five of 2012 are........2016's the Final Five.

Their official name was selected as such since the Rio Olympics will be the final year that teams will have five members. It will change to 4 in 2020. Their winning score of 184.897, was 8 more than Russia, who came in second, and is considered to be a blowout of proportions. Gabby Douglas had a strong performance for her solo event on the uneven bars, only bested by teammate Kocian who had a 15.933 (uneven bars are Kocian's specialty). Biles had a terrific performance on the uneven bars and the balance beam, as well as the floor routine. The win has everyone talking. We are talking about Simone Biles being the greatest gymnast in history and the Final Five being possibly the greatest team in history. Raisman and Biles will take on the individual all-around final later this week, where Miss Biles is expected to win Gold and officially take her stake as the greatest. Douglas and the others will also participate in their individual events, hoping to win medals as well.

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