Gymnast Gabby Douglas Paid Tribute To Her Olympic Role Models Before Her Team's Big Win

"These girls showed us how to get it done."

The U.S. women's gymnastics team made history Tuesday in Rio de Janeiro, winning the gold in the team all-around final for the second Olympics in a row by a margin of 8.209 points over Russia, beating their 2012 record of 5.066.

The team has dubbed themselves "The Final Five," since this is the last time the gymnastics teams will have five members at the Olympics. This is also the last Olympics for Márta Karolyi, who was the head coach of the Magnificent Seven in 1996 and U.S. women's team coordinator since 2001. What a way to go out.


Speaking of the Magnificent Seven, team member Gabby Douglas took the time to pay tribute to the original gold-winning team on Instagram before the finals.

The 1996 team was the first U.S. women's gymnastics team to win gold. Douglas shared a photo of these original legends on Instagram, above photos of 2012's Fierce Five and this year's team. 

"These girls showed us how to get it done in #Atlanta1996 and we hope to follow in their footsteps in #Rio2016," Douglas wrote. "Thank you #Magnificent7 for inspiring us and being great examples!! You will always be our role models!"

The touching tribute to the Olympians who preceded Douglas' two teams is made all the more powerful by the Final Five's win. Douglas added the hopeful hashtags #BackToBack and #HistoryMadeAgain, and that's definitely what happened.

As if back-to-back wins weren't enough, the U.S. gymnastics team shared on Twitter that Douglas and her teammate Aly Raisman are now the only two U.S. women to win three Olympic gold medals.


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