Taking their place in Olympic history and in America’s heart, the U.S. Women’s gymnastics team won the gold medal in London Tuesday, July 31! The medal is the first gold for the U.S. in the event since the 1996 Atlanta Games. Aly Raisman, 18, Jordyn Wieber, 17, Gabby Douglas, 16, Kyla Ross, 15, and McKayla Maroney, 16, earned a score of 183.596 putting them far ahead of runners up Russia and Romania. The Americans had come into the last two Olympics as world champions, only to leave without a gold. But this team is the strongest, top to bottom, the USA has ever had, and the rest of the world never stood a chance. After the U.S. opened with a barrage of booming vaults, everyone else was playing for silver. Below is a profile of the work & sacrifice that one of the team members, Gabby Douglas, put into developing into the Olympic champion she’s become!