Though the U.S. has been dominant as of late, the Rio gold marked the first time it has won back-to-back Olympic competitions. But with an almost 5-point lead over China, it hardly mattered. She easily passed that, leading the team to the 184.897-to-176.688 victory over the Russians. She started crying. And not just a little.
Surprisingly the 19-year-old Biles, who is tipped to win five golds in Rio, earned the lowest mark of 12 performances for the Americans, drawing 14.800 on the asymmetric bars after hesitating for a split second midway through her routine. When Hernandez was introduced to the crowd, Raisman nudged her and told her to wave, which the 16-year-old did with a toothy smile.
Raisman, of Needham, Mass., and Douglas, of Virginia Beach, Va., were also members of the 2012 gold medal team, returning, in part, for an afternoon like this. And even if they did, it would have been a lost cause. This is her first Olympic Games. The incomparable Biles survived a balance check and made just a small hop on her dismount, one of the hardest in the world, a full-twisting double tuck for a 15.3. That was considered an advantage because the USA floor scores tend to be high, and crowd support for the floor is big.
A score of 15.800 confirmed the rout.
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"It feels awesome, especially to be alongside Aly. we did this again and history again".
"Martha does that to us", Douglas said.
The outcome has been long decided, merely coming down to a matter of how big the margin of victory would be.