2016 Olympic Gym­nas­tics Team

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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

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