My Favorite Gymnastics Moments from Rio
Yes I know the Olympics were like a month ago. I'm busy okay. This list is in no particular order!
- •The Final FiveThe most dominant women's gymnastics team I've ever seen, they won in dominating and completely unsurprising fashion. Four of the five came home with individual medals and as a group they came away with 9 out of a possible 11 medals. They were, to put it simply, in a league of their own in Rio!
- •Team JapanThe Japanese men finally won their long awaited team gold, for the first time since 2004. After a disappointing team final in London, the defending world champions definitely had something to prove, and prove it they did. In one of the wackiest team finals in recent memory, Japan proved calm consistency wins the race.
- •Simone BilesWhat can you say about Simone that hasn't already been said? Four gold medals and a bronze speak for themselves and she rightfully earned her place among the greatest ever in the sport after only one quadriennium.
- •Aly RaismanAly came away from Rio with much more than just a team gold and two individual silvers. Her second trip to the Olympics was all about redemption. After tying Aliya Mustafina for the bronze in the all around in 2012, only to be knocked down to 4th in a heartbreaking tiebreaker, she made no secret what was fueling this comeback. Her reaction to winning the silver behind teammate Simone Biles is an image that many gymnastics fans won't soon forget.
- •Sanne WeversAfter an uncharacteristic mistake from Simone Biles during beam finals, Sanne was able to use her unique and beautiful artistry to take home the gold, a first for an individual Dutch woman. (The Dutch women's team won gold back in 1928.)
- •Max WhitlockIn the span of 30 minutes, Max Whitlock won Great Britain's first two gold medals in gymnastics on the floor exercise and the pommel horse. He also took home the bronze in the all around final.
- •Kohei Uchimura and Oleg VerniaievThe men's all around final was one of the most thrilling events in Rio with reigning Olympic and World all around champion Kohei Uchimura battling back from a second place standing during the final rotation to beat Ukraine's Oleg Verniaiev in one of the closest finals ever. Don't feel too bad for Oleg though. He won the parallel bars final a few days later, becoming an Olympic champion in his own right.
- •Danell LeyvaOriginally left off the team, Danell stepped in when fellow American John Orozco was injured a few weeks before the competition. Danell made the most of his time in Rio, winning silver on both the parallel bars and the high bar to join his bronze medal from the all around in London four years earlier.
- •Fabian HambüchenAfter a bronze in 2008 and a silver in 2012 on the high bar, his specialty, Fabian Hambüchen finally got the last medal he needed for his collection in Rio. Fittingly, this was his last competition before retiring at age 28 after four Olympics.
- •Amy TinklerTeam GB just had one goal for its women's program in Rio, an individual Olympic medal. Amy Tinkler, the youngest athlete for Great Britain at these Olympic Games, accomplished just that by winning a surprise bronze during floor finals on the final day of competition.