US Olympic Women's Gymnastics Team 2012: Final Grades for Fab Five

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US Olympic Women's Gymnastics Team 2012: Final Grades for Fab Five
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After all the tears and cheers, a memorable journey has reached its conclusion for members of the U.S. Olympic women's gymnastics squad. Dubbed "The Fab Five," this group of athletes performed much better on the globe's biggest stage than its nickname predecessors (I'm looking at you, Chris Webber). 

Picked by many prognosticators as America's best team to hit the mat since the "Magnificent Seven" struck gold at the 1996 Atlanta Games, this young bunch captured the nation's attention and found themselves on the cover of Sports Illustrated's Olympic preview. The team then matched expectations by reaching the top of the awards podium, topping Russia in team finals. 

Though the squad was certainly a sum of all its parts, individual performances are worth analyzing. After all, the competition to earn a spot on the 2016 Olympic Games roster is essentially already underway.

If this sport has taught us anything over the years, it's that the shelf life of stars—even Olympic champions—is excruciatingly short. Just ask Nastia Liukin.

Here's a look at every member of the Fab Five, as we hand out all-encompassing grades to each golden girl.

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