It’s official! The U.S.A. Gymnastics Olympic roster has been announced and the women who made the cut are: Simone Biles, Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas, Laurie Hernandez, and Madison Kocian. The U.S.A. Women’s Gymnastics Olympics Team was finalized after two nights of cut-throat competition at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials. The long wait has ended for those who impatiently googled “U.S.A. women’s gymnastics Rio,” “Women’s gymnastics who qualified?” or “U.S.A. Olympic gymnastics roster 2016,” and “Who made the U.S.A. women’s gymnastics team?”
Here are five facts to know about the women who made it to the 2016 U.S. Olympic Women’s Gymnastics Team.
With the most seniority on the team, Raisman made her debut in 2010 and earned three medals at the London 2012 Olympic Games—two Gold and a Bronze. She is considered one of the country’s top all-rounders. The 22-year-old from Needham, Massachusetts, is expected to perform well in Rio after consistently finishing in the top three at the Olympic Trials.
The 19-year-old gymnast made her debut in 2013 and is best known for winning the uneven bars world title in 2015. She is considered the U.S. Team’s sole event specialist and is also an all-rounder expected to convert her world title into an Olympic Gold Medal. The Texan won on the uneven bars at the Olympic Trials.
The youngest member of Team U.S.A., 16-year-old Laurie from Old Bridge, New Jersey, is a first-timer on the team. She was picked as a favorite after winning the junior all-round national title last year. As an all-rounder, she is expected to make the event finals and make a contribution in all four events.
The native Californian made her debut in 2011. She made history in 2012 when she became the first U.S. athlete to win gold in both the gymnastic individual all-around and team competitions at the same Olympic games. In addition, Douglas is the first black gymnast to win an individual Olympic Gold Medal. At only 20 years of age, she has earned two Olympic Gold Medals so far.
The 19-year-old Texan debuted in 2013 and is considered to be the greatest female gymnast ever. She has won 14 world championship medals out of which 10 are Gold, which is more than any U.S. athlete in history. All eyes are on her, and she is expected to perform exceedingly well at the Olympics in Rio.
We wish all the members of the 2016 U.S. Olympic Women’s Gymnastics Team all the very best.