u.s. women's gymnastics

U.S. Male Gymnasts Want to Be Objectified
Rio 2016: Even when they medal they stand in the shadow of female gymnasts. Might the answer be to disrobe?
By Louise Radnofsky and Ben Cohen

“Maybe compete with our shirts off,” said U.S. star Sam Mikulak, the four-time, reigning all-around national champion. “People make fun of us for wearing tights. But if they saw how yoked we are maybe that would make a difference.”

oh geez sam

“Danell Levya, the individual all-around bronze medalist in London, says there is one reliable way they can be as popular as the U.S. women: winning. America’s female gymnasts “should be popular—and even more popular,” he said. “It’s one of the few events in this country where women do get the amount of credit they deserve.”

oh SING IT danell

BREAKING: U.S. Women’s Gymnastics Team Wins Team Gold
In their red, white and blue leotards, the U.S. women’s gymnastics team smashed their astronomical expectations, winning the team gold medal on Tuesday by 8.209 points.
By Ben Cohen and Louise Radnofsky

“The United States won the women’s gymnastics team gold medal Tuesday that had been all but awarded to them before the competition even began. It was how they did it that was remarkable.

The complete American domination was nothing short of extraordinary for women’s gymnastics. The U.S.’s margin of victory was the highest since 1960. It was also more than one point greater than the difference between the No. 1 team and the No. 2 team in every Olympic team final between 1984 and 2008 - combined.

The only question coming into Tuesday’s final wasn’t if the Americans would win but by how much. After all, the U.S. is on a women’s gymnastics winning streak this decade that’s unprecedented for the country. The team has won the title at every major world event going back to 2011 - including the 2012 Olympics that spawned the “Fierce Five.”

Minutes after they won the gold medal on Tuesday, this year’s U.S. team revealed its preferred nickname: the “Final Five.” The women said they coined it to honor Martha Karolyi, the national-team coordinator who is retiring after the Rio Games, while it also works because the team event will consist of only four gymnasts in the 2020 Games. They came up with it in a group text message.”

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Why the Diversity of the U.S. Women's Gymnastics Team Is So Important
Team USA is breaking barriers before the competition in Rio even begins

With a mix of races and ethnicities—black, white, Latina, Jewish—this was easily the most diverse group of women to represent USA gymnastics at the Olympics. And while each woman was selected for her ability and potential to medal, that doesn’t change the fact that seeing the different faces on this year’s team is important and also pretty damn cool.

I’m so effing exciting to watch these ladies compete, and I’m even more excited for the little kids who get to have them as their role models.