2012 Summer Olympics: 5 Cool Facts About the US Women's Gymnastics Team

Emily Bayci@emilybayciContributor IIIJuly 21, 2012

2012 Summer Olympics: 5 Cool Facts About the US Women's Gymnastics Team

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    The U.S. women's gymnastics team is the next big thing.

    They were on the cover of Sports Illustrated, the first gymnasts since Mary Lou Retton. Now they're the favorites to win the team gold medal, which would be the first for Team USA since 1996.

    There's more to the "Fab Five" then just leotards and balance beams. Let's find out five cool facts about the U.S. Women's Gymnastics Team and see exactly what makes the "Fab Five" so fabulous.

They're Just Teenagers

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    The U.S. women's gymnastics team is the next big thing.

    They were on the cover of Sports Illustrated, the first gymnasts since Mary Lou Retton. Now they're the favorites to win the team gold medal, which would be the first for Team USA since 1996.

    There's more to the "Fab Five" then just leotards and balance beams. Let's find out five cool facts about the U.S. Women's Gymnastics Team and see exactly what makes the "Fab Five" so fabulous.

They're Best Friends for Life

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    The gymnasts all get along pretty well as they compete with and against each other all the time.

    But it's different for McKayla Maroney and Kyla Ross. The pair has been best friends since they met nearly a decade ago in an Orange County gym. They both trained at Gym-Max when they were young, although Maroney has moved on to the All Olympia gym in Los Angeles.

    Maroney remembers making a pact with Ross when they were in elementary school that they would both make it to the Olympics one day.

    "That would be like the coolest thing," Maroney said before the team was selected in an interview with the OC Register. "When I think about it, it makes me want to cry almost. To have that childhood friend, to have somebody you've worked so hard with, we went through so many things together, to have two girls from the same place like Aliso Viejo to make it to the Olympics would just be awesome."

    Maroney is constantly tweeting pictures of herself and Ross. One of them standing side-by-side as kids. Another of them standing side-by-side in their U.S.A. leotards. And yet another of them on the airplane, flying to London and sitting right next to each other.

They’re Very Sentimental

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    The women may be young, but they are definitely emotional.

    They constantly post on Facebook and Twitter thanking their fans for all the support they receive.

    After the five were named to the U.S. Olympic team on Sunday July 1, they were all sobbing hysterically. For the most part.

    Jordyn Wieber, Gabby Douglas, McKayla Maroney and Aly Raisman, everyone except for Kyla Ross, the youngest member of the five-person squad. Instead she was smiling, hugging everyone and shaking with excitement.

    It will be amazing to see what waterworks let loose if the women win the team gold medal in London.

They Like to Tweet

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    All of the Fab Five have active and verified Twitter accounts. The tweets are mainly about gymnastics, because that's their lives right now.

    You can follow them here:

    Packing for the Olympics!! #Woah Weird to say.. I'm so gona over pack!!! Better safe then sorry(:

    — McKayla Maroney (@McKaylaMaroney) July 11, 2012

    Internet up & running! Love it here in London! Thank you everyone for your wonderful words of support! They mean so much to me!!! #loveyewww

    — Gabrielle Douglas (@gabrielledoug) July 20, 2012

    Dying of laughter watching this MTV show I've never heard of called ridiculousness with @gabrielledoug and @AnnaLi_88 SO WIERD

    — Alexandra Raisman (@Aly_Raisman) July 14, 2012

    So excited that I got verified by twitter!!

    — Kyla Ross (@kyla_ross96) July 6, 2012

    Kicking off my comfy Tony the Tiger slippers @Kelloggs_US sent me and calling it a night. Goodnight Tweeps!#TeamKelloggs #TeamUSA

    — Jordyn Wieber (@jordyn_wieber) July 19, 2012

They Have Interesting Food Habits

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    Aly Raisman takes her diet very seriously, she said in a video posted on Yahoo Sports. She knows that as an elite gymnast she can't short her body of carbohydrates and other important nutrients.

    "For gymnasts you're supposed to kind of try to eat less," Raisman said in the video. "The quantity has to be smaller, but you just have to eat a little bit more frequently.

    What's Raisman's go-to drink for after a workout? Chocolate milk. She said it's scientifically proven to be the best recovery drink someone can have after a workout.

    "It has the best combination of carbohydrates and proteins," Raisman. "I know a lot of other athletes that do it and I definitely feel like it makes a big difference to have chocolate milk after a work out."

    It's not all chocolate-coated happiness for everyone. Wieber's favorite food is hummus, while Maroney listed sushi, strawberry and mangoes. Douglas said Mexican and Italian food, Ross likes salmon and Raisman listed her favorite foods as watermelon and yogurt in their Team USA biographies.

    And it's not just healthy food either. Maroney tweeted out on July 11, 7-Eleven's birthday, that she wish she had a free slushee.

    First time without a slushi on 7/11!! Whatever.. I'll live! Being here at camp with my best friends is way better anyway!!(:

    — McKayla Maroney (@McKaylaMaroney) July 12, 2012