The U.S. women's gymnastics team just took Taylor Swift's squad goals and raised her five gold medals. Simone Biles, Laurie Hernandez, Aly Raisman, Gabrielle Douglas, and Madison Kocian walked into the Rio Olympics Arena Tuesday as the runaway favorites to capture gold in one of The Games' marquee events. They did not disappoint.
"The Final Five" (quite a nickname) absolutely crushed the competition, beating silver medalists Russia by a mind-boggling eight points. Ladies and gentlemen, this wasn't even close. Led by Biles—whose otherworldly combination of athleticism, grace, and mental toughness is unlike anything the sport has ever seen—the girls dominated from the very first rotation.
What the event lacked in suspense, it more than made up for in sheer spectacle. Donning their soon-to-be best-selling red, white, and blue leotards, the U.S. women began with a nail-biting 0.7-point lead after the vault. But by the second apparatus, the always tricky uneven bars, their lead had ballooned to an insurmountable 4.026 points. The rest was simple arithmetic.
By the time Biles reemerged to close out the competition with her boundary-pushing floor routine, it was no longer a question of if the Americans would win, but by how much. Even more impressive than the final score was the grace with which they achieved it.
Way to go, girls.