US women's gymnastics team going for gold
LONDON (WHDH) -- It's been 16 years since that unforgettable moment the first and only team gold the U.S. women have ever won in gymnastics. Experts believe that this year’s team of five young ladies -- all teenagers and first-time Olympians -- could be poised to do it again.
Two have emerged as leaders in the group; 17-year-old Jordyn Wieber from Dewit, Michigan is the reigning world champion in the all around, and 16-year-old Gabby Douglas from Virginia Beach.
Although they will be competing against one another, national coordinator Marta Karolyi has made it very clear that team gold is the top priority.
“This is a healthy rivalry. They are very good friends. All of them are going for the same goal, and that goal is to make the U.S. team strong,” Karolyi said.
Both Jordyn and Gabby are expected to contend for gold in the individual all around -- the most prestigious title in the sport.
Gabby came out on top at the Olympic trials.
“I’m not really used to coming in second. It’s always the mindset of coming out on top,” said Wieber.
Some say the rivalry is much like that of Shawn Johnson and Nastia Liukin. Shawn was the reigning all around world champion but it was Nastia who walked away with the all around gold Olympic medal.
“I think just having that friendly competition is really good for not only just me and Gabby but for the whole team,” Wieber said.
“I feel like we all have a good sisterly bond and we’re kind of like a family I think,” said Douglas.
And it's that attitude and bond that may just make them the second group of American women to take home team gold.