2016 Olympic Gymnastics Team
Lourie Hernandez is a Christian. She is the daughter of Wanda and Anthony Hernandez and has a sister, Jelysa, and a brother, Marcus. She is of Puerto Rican descent and lives in Old Bridge Township, New Jersey. On August 7, Hernandez competed in the Women’s Qualification at the 2016 Summer Olympics. She scored a 15.200 on the vault, a 15.366 on the balance beam, and a 14.800 on the floor exercise, qualifying to the balance beam event finals. On August 9, the US team, known as the Final 5, won the gold medal in the
Madison Kocian was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. Her parents, Thomas and Cindy Kocian, put her in gymnastics at a young age. At age 5 her parents began taking Kocian to World Olympic Gymnastics Academy (WOGA) in Plano, Texas for her gymnastics training. WOGA is owned by Valeri Liukin and it was the gym where Olympic All Around champions Carly Patterson and Nastia Liukin trained. Patterson and Liukin served as early inspirations for Kocian, particularly Liukin who Kocian has likened to an older sister. Kocian has one younger brother.
Simone Arianne Biles was born on March 14, 1997, in Columbus, Ohio. Her birth mother, Shanon Biles, was unable to care for Simone or her other children due to her drug and alcohol addiction. Her children were in and out of foster care. Simone’s birth father, Kelvin Clemons, abandoned his family, struggled with addictions, and was never present in his daughter’s life. Shanon’s father, Ron (Simone’s grandfather), and his second wife, Nellie Cayetano Biles began temporarily caring for Shanon’s children
Al y Raisman was born on May 25, 1994, in Needham, Massachusetts, to Lynn (née Faber), a former high school gymnast, and Rick Raisman. She has three younger siblings: Brett, Chloe, and Madison. Raisman is Jewish. Raisman began gymnastics when she was two years old. She attributes her initial love for the sport to the “Magnificent Seven,” the gold-medal-winning U.S. women’s team at the 1996 Summer Olympics, whose performances she watched on VHS.
Gabby Douglas was born in Virginia Beach, Virginia, to parents Timothy Douglas and Natalie Hawkins. She has three older siblings; sisters Joyelle and Arielle, and brother John. She began training in gymnastics at age six when her older sister convinced their mother to enroll her in gymnastics classes. In October 2002, Douglas began her training at Gymstrada. At the age of eight, Douglas won the Level 4 all-around Team All Around. On August 15, Hernandez won a silver medal in the Balance Beam event final with a score of 15.333. She placed ahead of teammate Simone Biles, who placed 3rd and behind Sanne Wevers of the Netherlands, who won gold. By winning the gold medal in the Team All Around, Hernandez became the first athlete born in the 21st century to win an Olympic gold medal. Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laurie_Hernan- On August 14, Kocian won a silver medal in the uneven bars event final, scoring 15.833 and placing s second behind Aliya Mustafina of Russia and ahead of bronze medalist Sophie Scheder of Germany. This is the first American Olympic medal on the uneven bars since Nastia Liukin in 2008. Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/ in 2000, in the north Houston suburb of Spring, Texas and later in 2003 the couple officially adopted the two youngest children. Simone and Adria; Ron’s sister adopted the two eldest. Her early childhood transitions never stopped Simone. She is a U.S. artistic gymnast. Biles is the 2016 Olympic individual all-around, vault and floor gold medalist. She was part of the gold medal-winning team dubbed the “Final Five” at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro Alexandra Rose “Aly” Raisman is an American gymnast and twotime Olympian. She was a member and captain of both the 2012 “Fierce Five” and 2016 “Final Five” U.S. Women’s Olympic gymnastics which won their respective team competitions. Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aly_Raisman gymnastics title at the 2004 Virginia State Championships. On August 7, Douglas competed in the Women’s Qualification at the 2016 Summer Olympics at the HSBC Arena (Arena Olimpica de Rio) in Rio de Janeiro. She scored a 15.166 on the vault, a 15.766 on the uneven bars, a 14.833 on the balance beam, and a 14.366 on the floor exercise. Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gabby_Douglas