MEET THE USA'S MOST DIVERSE GYMNASTICS TEAM

BY JASELLE MARTINO

After two nights of intense competition this past weekend in San Jose, the U.S. women’s gymnastics team for the 2016 Olympics has been announced. Frontrunner Simone Biles joins veterans Gabby Douglas and Aly Raisman along with newcomers Laurie Hernandez and Madison Kocian. The best part about this Olympic team – apart from their extraordinary abilities – is that it's the most diverse gymnastics team to ever compete.

USA Gymnastics/ Jason Lavengood

USA Gymnastics/ Jason Lavengood

Here are two fun facts for each of these amazing women.

SIMONE BILES, 19, TEXAS


1. Simone has been the world champion three years in a row, and has won more world championship medals than any U.S. athlete in history (14 wins, 10 of them gold).

2. By winning the all-around competition, she became the only member of Team USA to automatically qualify for the Olympics.

GABBY DOUGLAS, 20, CALIFORNIA

1. Gabby won two gold medals in the 2012 Olympics, making her the first US athlete to win gold in both individual and team events.

2. She was also the first woman of color – from any country – to win the individual gold medal.

 

MADISON KOCIAN, 19, TEXAS

1. Madison is the current world champion on the uneven bars.
2. She won the uneven bars on the trials and is thought to have a chance at winning gold in the event at the Rio games.

ALY RAISMAN, 22,  MASSACHUSETTS

1. Aly was part of the U.S. Women's Team in London 2012 that won gold, only the second time Team USA (Women) won gold at the Olympics.

2. She won the most medals of the 2012 U.S. gymnastics team, earning a gold medal for floor exercise and a bronze medal for balance beam in addition to the team gold.

 

LAURIE HERNANDEZ, 16, NEW JERSEY

1. Laurie is the first Puerto Rican-American to make the team.
2. She won the balance beam in the trials and finished second to Biles in the all-around. She's also known for her crowd-pleasing floor routines.

 

We are so excited to see what these ladies can do. We will be supporting them all the way to Rio.

Jaselle despises muffins because they look like cupcakes but aren't.

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