Guess who’s coming home with a gold medal…again!?!? USA’s women’s gymnastics! Dubbing themselves “The Final Five,” in honor of retiring national team coordinator Martha Karolyi, Team USA had a spectacular performance during the team finals on Tuesday with an overall score of 184.897—beating Russia by eight points.
So how did they do it?! Well, rookie Olympian Simone Biles along with veteran Olympian Aly Raisman were the opening acts for the team, both nailing their events on the vault. Biles scored 15.933 and Raisman tallied 15.833. Then the 2012 all-around champion Gabby Douglas shined her Black girl light on the uneven bars, sticking a stellar score of 15.766. Madison Kocian also nailed a difficult bar routine and scored near perfect with 15.933. Moving to the balance beam, Laurie Hernandez stuck it with 15.233. And wrapping it up in true Black girl magic was Biles who absolutely rocked her floor routine and earned a score of 15.800.
It was a total team effort and the epitome of #squadgoals.
After their jaw-dropping performances throughout the games thus far, I believe these ladies have earned the right to be called “The Flawless, Fiercest, and Fervent Final Five!” They have graced the world with their magnificent precision in all events, and deserve to bask in the glory of living the golden life! And did you see their makeup for yesterday’s event? The entire team looked beautiful, but Biles’s winged and glitter eyeliner; along with Douglas’s dark vampy lip were the perfect exclamation marks to their golden routines!
As women’s gymnastics continued their reign, Crystal Dunn made sure that Team USA soccer was here to stay! In a nail-biter against Colombia, Hope Solo was in rare form. She just couldn’t find a rhythm and carelessly allowed Catalina Usme score in the 26th minute, which forced USA to play from behind. However, Colombia wouldn’t have the lead for long, thanks to the equalizer by Dunn in the 41st minute, who received her second consecutive start. Dunn, a Long Island native, was also active in the second half. She set up the go-ahead goal for Mallory Pugh, before Usme once again scored on a free kick to end the match in a 2-2 draw. As Team USA advances to the quarterfinals, it seems Dunn, who was cut before last year’s World Cup event, might’ve just earned a permanent start on the roster. Go Dunn!
In other Black Girl Magic news…
- Our reigning gold medal winning USA women’s water polo team defeated Spain yesterday 11-4 in the preliminary round. And 21-year-old Ashleigh Johnson helped achieve the victory by stopping 11 of 15 shots. Talk about dominating! Johnson, hailing from sunny Miami, Florida, also made history as the first black woman to compete in water polo at the Olympics. What a magical day for Johnson. She and her teammates have today off, but return to the water on Thursday against China.
- Sadly, Serena Williams has joined sister Venus in defeat. In a stunning third round loss, Williams run at defending her gold medal has ended. The runaway favorite fell to Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina in two straight sets (6-4,6-3). Watch, if you dare, some of Williams’ lowlights from the loss that prematurely ended her time in Rio.
- But USA still has a shot at returning home with the gold, thanks to Madison Keys keeping hope alive. She defeated Spain’s Carla Suárez Navarro in three sets (6-3, 3-6, 6-3) and has advanced to the quarterfinals.
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