Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls — in a repeat of their 2012 win, the US Women’s Gymnastics team just took homethegold medal again.
On the grandest stage of them all, Laurie Hernandez, Simone Biles, Gabby Douglas, Madison Kocian and Aly Raisman were able to come out on top against Russia and China in a major way.
The Final Five put on an absolute show as they battled for the gold in front of the world.
Now, this isn’t just an Olympic win — history was made.
The inspirational squad was able to secure their position in first place with a lead of eight points.
Team USA led the fierce competition with 184.897 points. Russia finished with 176.688, leaving China with 176.003 points.
This is, in fact, one of the most dominant victories and gymnastics showcases displayed at the Olympics since 2006, when the scoring system was first changed.
In a statement regarding the points system overhaul, the USA Gymnastics website reads,
In 2006, the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) began using a new scoring system for men’s and women’s artistic gymnastics. The new system incorporates credit for the routine’s content, difficulty and execution, and a gymnast’s score no longer is limited to a maximum of 10.
Despite the competitive rule changes and the immense pressure built up all year long for this very moment, the Final Five were able to come out victorious.
The best part (aside from the gold, obviously)? The Twitter reactions, because they are PRICELESS.
The US Women’s Gymnastics team’s massive victory over Russia and China had Twitter showing nothing but love.
What better way to celebrate the winning of Olympic gold than to flood your friends’ Twitter timelines?!
Since the big win happened before most of us were able to watch it on television, most people found out on Twitter. Thanks, Internet!
It doesn’t get any better than this, America.
American engineer and astronaut Buzz Aldrin had to show his support for their flawless victory.
Actress Elizabeth Banks showed her support with a tweet of her own.
Leslie Jones, the queen of live-tweeting the Olympics, asked Twitter to update her since she’s getting ready for her trip to Rio.
She certainly got the news… USA gold!
When tweeting wasn’t enough, some people had to look for other emotional outlets.
If you haven’t watched the Final Five’s competition-winning routine yet, prepare to be just as amazed as Olympic gymnast Chellsie Memmel.
Couldn’t have said it any better myself.
Keep in mind, this wasn’t just ANY ole victory. With their national team coordinator, Martha Karolyi, retiring, this was the best possible way to say goodbye.
They made Martha proud.
They made the United States of America proud.
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