The Fab Five shined this week in London at the team finals when they strutted into first place after the four rotations. Jordyn Wieber, Gabby Douglas, Aly Raisman, Kyla Ross, and McKayla Maroney made America proud.
Many are taking this win as an opportunity to weigh Fab Five over the history making Magnificent Seven, but I will have none of that. The young ladies of the Fab Five have the American females gymnasts of the late-80s and 90′s to thank for paving the way for them. The 1992 Barcelona team brought America it’s first team medal in women’s gymnastic when they took bronze. Furthermore, our Magnificent Seven from Atlanta shocked the Russians and the Romanians by taking gold for the first time in 1996.
The Fab Five and the Magnificent Seven have equally captivated us with their determination, dedication, and skill. Our hearts sank when we saw a misstep, our anger soured when we felt the judges were unfair, we were outraged when the rules prevented the best performer from winning, and most importantly, we celebrated with them when the medals were awarded.
As we gear up to cheer our girls on in the individual finals, let us take some time to remember the excitement and energy we felt watching the Magnificent Seven bring home our first gold.