Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Fab Five Wins Gold, Phelps Becomes Most Decorated Olympian Ever - August 1, 2012

1996 was the year that all of us gymnastics fans remember.  The Magnificent Seven won the team gold in Atlanta and won America's hearts.  The team of Dominique Moceanu, Shannon Miller, Kerri Strug, Amy Chow, Amanda Borden, Dominique Dawes, and Jaycie Phelps won gold in dramatic fashion and embarked on a media whirlwind tour afterwards.  Flash forward to the present in 2012.  The Fab Five of Jordyn Wieber, Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas, Kyla Ross, and McKayla Maroney won the team gold for the United States.  Move over Magnificent Seven, you've got company.  It was a strong performance for the Fab Five.  The only somewhat struggle for them appeared to be on the uneven bars.  The Russian girls had struggles of their own and were having trouble getting to the finish.  This led to the U.S. just having to be solid on floor exercise.  They were more than solid.  They were strong and had the body language of going out and getting this gold medal.  Gabby, Jordyn, and Aly were strong on floor exercise.  Really strong.  How great was it to see Jordyn, who just a couple of nights ago was in tears, going out there and having fun.  She had the support of her teammates and finished strong.  I thought it was fitting that she was the one that got them rolling on vault.  What a confidence lifter.  Speaking of the vault, how about Maroney's?  My goodness.  That was incredible and I'm still not sure where the judges found errors in that thing.  The reaction of 'what error' was unanimous all across the board from the commentators to the gymnasts watching the competition.  The whole floor exercise rotation felt like a crowning of a champion.  Watching this team go out and finish what many expected them to do and that was win gold.  The crowd was behind them and they won America's hearts.  Congrats to the Fab Five on bringing team gold back to the United States.

Not to be outdone yesterday with Olympic news.  Michael Phelps became the most decorated Olympian ever winning his 19th medal.  The most ever by an Olympian.  15 of those 19 are gold too.  Just incredible what he has been able to do.  He is still not done as he still has more events to go so he could very well add to that total. 

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