Watch out Taylor Swift, these ladies are redefining #squadgoals
When the history books look back on the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio, there are three words that will sum it up: "The Final Five." The US Women's Gymnastic Team comprised of Simone Biles, Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas, Laurie Hernandez, and Madison Kocian have dominated, already taking home gold in the Team All-Around. Meanwhile, Simone Biles and Aly Raisman slayed it in the Individual All-Around with Simone taking the gold and Aly the silver. And they're not done yet as the individual events are still on the way.
We don't know about you, but there's more than just their incomprehensible talent and agility that has kept our rapt attention every time "The Final Five" competes. With all their success in Rio, they haven't been exempt from disappointment. Douglas was the reigning Gold medalist in the Individual All-Around (she took it in the 2012 London games) and was not able to compete because there's a rule that only two per country can advance—and she came in third behind teammates Biles and Raisman. But, there's still been nothing but love and support between these girls—not even a fleeting moment of side eye caught on camera. And that's what has given us the chills throughout the highs and lows of their journey in Rio. Our favorite off-the-mat moments:
1. They Proved They're BFFs—No Matter What
Aly posted this shot on Instagram after she competed against Simone in the Individual All-Around—and nothing but pure love and respect even though Simone took the gold!
And Simone 100% felt the same . . .
2. They've Shown Mad Respect for Each Other
When Aly walked in the door after winning the Individual All-Around silver medal, her teammates couldn't contain their heartfelt excitement—especially young team members Laurie Hernandez and Madison Kocian who left Aly this emotional letter (and she had a text of support from Gabby too).
And Madison posted this sweet tribute to Aly and Simone after their win
3. They Honored The One Who Pushed Them Ahead
National Team Coordinator, Martha Karolyi, cried when she learned their teamname "The Final Five" is a tribute to her; she's retiring this year.
4. Their Hugs Are Genuine
And quite honestly, we think the hugs they give each other before, after and during the competitions is a little bit of fuel that keeps them going!
Love this moment between Laurie and Madison
5. They Tuck Each Other In
Like seriously, what other teams are making sure the others have sweet dreams?
6. They Even Give Taylor Swift Some Serious #SquadGoals