Gymnastics Olympic Teams

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The US Gymnastics Olympic Teams (Women)

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A look at the USA gymnastics women's Olympic teams from the past.

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2012: London, Great Britain

2012 Olympic Women's Team
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The team (from left to right): McKayla Maroney, Kyla Ross, Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas, Jordyn Wieber

In 2012, gymnastics teams were winnowed down to only five members, but this squad, nicknamed the Fierce Five still managed a huge medal haul even with fewer gymnasts than in years past. The team took gold and Douglas won the all-around title. Raisman earned two individual medals (bronze on beam and gold on floor), and Maroney captured the silver on vault.

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2008: Beijing, China

The US Gymnastics Team Wins the Silver Medal at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing
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The team (from left to right): Bridget Sloan, Alicia Sacramone, Samantha Peszek, Chellsie Memmel, Nastia Liukin, Shawn Johnson

The six-member 2008 team was hoping for gold in Beijing after winning the 2007 worlds, but ended up in the silver-medal spot after host team China. The team was led by the huge success of Liukin and Johnson: the pair earned seven individual medals. (Liukin won the all-around gold, bars and beam silvers, and floor bronze; Johnson won the all-around silver, beam gold, and floor silver).

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2004: Athens, Greece

2004 Olympic gymnastics team
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The team (from left to right): Courtney Kupets, Annia Hatch, Terin Humphrey, Carly Patterson, Courtney McCool, Mohini Bhardwaj

This team was a unique makeup of youth and experience, with two members (Hatch and Bhardwaj) 25 or older and two 16-year-olds (McCool and Patterson). The US had won its first world team gold in 2003, and Humphrey, Patterson, and Kupets had all been on the squad. (Hatch had originally been named to the team as well, but didn't compete due to injury.) 

In Athens, the team earned silver behind Romania, and Hatch, Patterson, and Humphrey won three more silvers on vault, beam, and bars respectively. The only athlete to strike gold was Patterson, but she did it in a big way, by winning the all-around crown. Kupets also earned the bronze on bars.

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2000: Sydney, Australia

2000 Olympic Gymnastics Team
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The team as named at Olympic Trials (from left to right): Morgan White, Elise Ray, Kristen Maloney, Dominique Dawes, Jamie Dantzscher, Amy Chow, Alyssa Beckerman (alternate)

The Sydney Olympic team had perhaps the craziest Olympic ride of any US team. Before the Games even began, White withdrew due to a foot injury, and Beckerman, the alternate, was bypassed by rookie Tasha Schwikert. The US placed fourth in the team standings, and earned no individual medals either. Though some counted it as a disappointment, the US had not been on top since the 1996 Games. Ten years after Sydney, China was stripped of its bronze medal because of cheating and the US was awarded the bronze.

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1996: Atlanta, Georgia, USA

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The 1996 Olympic women's gymnastics team with David Robinson and Shaquille O'Neal. © Getty Images

The team (from left to right): Amy Chow, Jaycie Phelps, Dominique Dawes, Shannon Miller, Dominique Moceanu, Kerri Strug, Amanda Borden

The last time that seven gymnasts would be on an Olympic team, the Magnificent Seven, as the squad was dubbed, lived up to its name by winning the first women's Olympic team title for the US, in front of a home crowd. The team had three previous Olympians (Dawes, Miller, and Strug) to depend on, and won the gold in dramatic fashion with Strug's final vault. The vault was an iconic moment of the Games and in sports history as a whole, and the entire team became mini-celebrities after Atlanta.

Individually, Miller took gold on beam, Chow won the silver on bars, and Dawes earned the bronze on floor.


 

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1992: Barcelona, Spain

1992 Olympic Gymnastics Team
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The team: Betty Okino, Wendy Bruce, Dominique Dawes, Shannon Miller, Kerri Strug, Kim Zmeskal

This young squad won a bronze medal behind the former Soviet Union (competing as The Unified Team in 1992) and Romania. Miller also excelled in the individual events, winning silver in the all-around and on beam, and bronze on bars and floor.