US Olympic Gymnastics Team 2012: Has Fab 5 Surpassed Magnificent 7?
After a team gold medal and an individual all-around gold medal, the question arises—is the Fab Five better than the Magnificent Seven?
The Fab Five is led by stars Gabrielle Douglas and Jordyn Wieber, while the Magnificent Seven were led by Shannon Miller and Dominique Moceanu.
Both won the team gold medal, but the Fab Five are already one up with an individual all-around gold medal.
So, who really is the best team in the history of U.S. gymnastics?
Here's a look at a comparison between the two teams with a final analysis over who truly is the best.
Fab Five Competitors
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Gabrielle Douglas is the gold medalist in the individual all-around and will be competing in the individual final for the balance beam and uneven bars.
She's continually getting stronger with each routine and has to be considered a favorite to medal in those two events.
Aly Raisman is coming off a disappointing fourth-place finish in the individual all-around, but will be competing in the beam and floor finals. Her surprising finish in qualifications put her on the world map and gave the U.S. three of the top five all-around gymnasts in the world.
Jordyn Wieber won the 2011 individual all-around at the world championships, but she fell short of finishing in the top two for the U.S. in qualifications. However, she will compete in the floor finals, going for the individual gold she covets.
McKayla Maroney is simply the best vaulter in the world, sticking her landings and being technically superior to every other gymnast in the world.
Kyla Ross, while not at the forefront of U.S. gymnastics, was very consistent in the team competition and a valuable member of the team.
Magnificent Seven Competitors
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The Magnificent Seven had a little star power as well, led by Shannon Miller, the most decorated gymnast in U.S. history. Miller also won the gold medal on the balance beam.
The U.S. entered the 1996 Olympics with its deepest team ever, but the fact that no team outside of the Soviet Union had won a team all-around title since 1950 said much.
But, 1996 was different after the fall of the Soviet Union.
The team also consisted of uneven bars silver medalist Amy Chow and floor exercise bronze medalist Dominique Dawes.
Although no athlete medaled in the individual all-around, the U.S. had three strong gymnasts there, including Miller, Kerri Strug (known for her infamous vault) and Dominique Moceanu.
Also a member of the team were Amanda Borden and Jaycie Phelps.
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The Magnificent Seven weren't even close to medaling in the individual all-around.
The Fab Five, on the other hand, had Gabrielle Douglas take the gold medal while Aly Raisman finished fourth. Jordyn Wieber was fourth in qualifications, but she didn't make the final due to the two per country rule, a rule that wasn't in place during the 1996 Olympics.
Douglas, Raisman and Wieber have continually dazzled in their routines, with more high-flying routines and technical skills than the Magnificent Seven, with the exception of Miller.
In the Fab Five, the U.S. has three of the top five gymnasts in the world, while Miller was really the only one of the Magnificent Seven that I would consider a top gymnast in the world.
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While the individual event finals have yet to take place for the Fab Five, they still have gymnasts who are expected to medal in each event.
Maroney is the top vaulter in the world, and there is nobody even close to her.
Wieber has the floor exercise final, while Raisman will compete in the beam and floor finals.
Douglas will be in the uneven bars and beam final looking to add two more medals to the two golds she already has.
The Magnificent Seven won three individual medals, but they really didn't show up during the individual portion of the competition.
While they had great gymnasts, it just didn't translate after the team final.
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When it comes to who is better, I think it's clearly the Fab Five.
As stated before, I know the individual finals aren't finished, but I don't see any reason why they won't take home as many individual event medals that the Magnificent Seven did.
The Fab Five are superior in every way, and by the end of the Olympics, they will be considered the best team in U.S. gymnastics history.
Now, we just wait for the individual finals to finish so we can officially give them that title.
Do you agree?