Stunning! Breathtaking! The young ladies of the United States Gymnastics Team deserve those compliments and more after their command performance. The poised, powerful team won the cherished Gold, a USA first in the field since the 1996 Olympics. McKayla Maroney, Kyla Ross, Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas and Jordyn Wieber took command of the crowd with some near flawless routines to win by a landslide. Their five-point buffer in gymnastics put it far away with the team screaming with joy when the final scores were posted. It was the largest margin of victory in the field since 1960.
The Floor was the final event. The U.S. was ready to maintain and extend their lead. When young Gabby Douglas took to the floor, her energy, strength and charisma charmed the audience. Analysts said that there had been rumblings that the team leaders were worried about her ability to focus during these games, but clearly there was no need for concern. Jordyn Weiber started smiling in the middle of her first tumbling series because she knew in her gut she nailed it as she would the rest of the routine. The grin on her face lit up the arena. Her mother and sisters were sitting on the side yelling, “Go Jo! Go Jo!” and screamed at the end. Aly Raisman looked beautiful in the red sparkles and turned in a smart, energetic performance. Like Jordyn, she was well aware that they were on their way to the medal stand and the tears began to flow early in her routine. It was beautiful to watch.
The young ladies represented a commitment to excellence, personal grit, and steel determination. As they stood with hands over heart during the national anthem, I couldn’t help but notice that they were truly the Great American Melting Pot. Kyla Ross has the most mixed background with a Japanese-Black father and Filipino-Puerto Rican mother. Aly Raisman honored her Jewish roots performing her floor routine to Hava Nagila. Gabby Douglas is African-American while Jordyn Weiber is of Lebanese descent. The no-nonsense McKayla Maroney is the California girl. All five of them understood the teamwork and collaboration necessary to put on that Gold medal. What a beautiful picture.
Go girls! Go USA!