The outcome has been long decided, merely coming down to a matter of how big the margin of victory would be.
The American women have been the top gymnasts in the world for six years. They qualified in first by nearly 10 points.
So while the gold medal they won on Tuesday at Rio Olympic Arena was not surprising, it was historic.
Though the USA has been dominant as of late, the Rio gold marked the first time it has won back-to-back Olympic competitions. The Americans’ only other team medal is from 1996 in Atlanta.
This team of Simone Biles, Gabby Douglas, Aly Raisman, Laurie Hernandez and Madison Kocian – a group that led every event in qualifying – kept the Americans far ahead of Russia in second and China third.
Again, they led every event, scoring 184.897 to win by more than eight points. Only three scores counted in each rotation.
Douglas and Raisman made some history of their own. They were part of the Fierce Five that won gold in London. With the win here, they became the first American gymnasts to win multiple team Olympic gold medals.
This was also the final team competition for Martha Karolyi, the national team coordinator.
Source: USA Today | Rachel Axon