Fab 5 Gymnastics: Hometown Support Gives Lift to US Women's Team

Patrick Clarke@@_Pat_ClarkeCorrespondent IAugust 1, 2012

Jul 31, 2012; London, United Kingdom; (LtoR) USA gymnast Jordyn Weiber - Gabrielle Douglas - McKayla Maroney - Alexandra Raisman and Jordyn Weiber celebrate with their gold medals during the national anthem after the women's team gymnastics final during the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

The American female gymnasts exceeded expectations in London this summer, thanks to the tremendous amount of hometown support that they have received dating back to the US trials earlier this summer.

The squad, better known as the Fab 5, led by Gabby Douglas and Jordyn Wieber, cruised to the team gold on Day 4, topping silver medalists Russia by an incredible five-point margin. The five-member team of Douglas, Wieber, Aly Raisman, Kyla Ross and McKayla Maroney

The stunning Olympic gold is the United States first in the women's gymnastics team event since 1996. The Americans finished with a score of 183.596.

Douglas rode the American support in San Jose, California at the US Olympic gymnastics trials in late June to a first place finish in the all-around competition, earning an automatic berth on the women's Olympic squad. Her versatility was key for the United States.

It shouldn't have been hard for the women's squad to discover motivation and the excitement to compete though, based on the nature of their emotional celebration at the Olympic trials in San Jose. 

In the end, the endless hype surrounding the US women's squad wasn't unjustified or premature, but warranted. Few countries at the Olympics feel right at home even though they are a thousand miles away from home.

The United States is always being cheered at the Olympics, around the globe, and Day 4 from North Greenwich Arena was no different.

Perhaps that explains the dramatic turnaround for Wieber, who dealt with the heartbreak of missing out on the women's individual competition just days before the team final, but still managed to take over as one of the squad's top performers. 

Interestingly though, no American female gymnast had ever participated in the Olympic Games and thus the relatively inexperienced Americans were forced to rely on the unwavering support of the red, white and blue, and their natural talent of course.

Hometown support was the United States' No. 1 asset in 2012, and they have the gold to show for it.

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