USA wins one gold, three silver on final day of gymnastics at 2016 Olympics
RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug. 16, 2016 – Simone Biles of Spring of Texas/World Champions Centre, and Aly Raisman of Needham, Mass./Brestyan’s American Gymnastics, won the gold and silver medals, respectively, on the floor exercise at the 2016 Olympic Games at the Rio Olympic Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The medals were the eighth and ninth for the Final Five, the 2016 Olympic team champions, for the most women’s gymnastics Olympic medals won by a country since the Soviet Union’s 10 in 1972. For the men, Danell Leyva of Miami/Team Hilton (Universal Gymnastics), claimed the parallel bars and high bar silver medals on the final day of competition. The USA mined a total of 12 medals, the most since 1984.
This is the first time the U.S. women have won nine medals at an Olympic Games. The nine medals are: four gold, four silver and one bronze. Biles’ five Olympic medals make her the most decorated U.S. gymnast at the 2016 Olympics, and her four gold medals tie the Olympic record for a female gymnast in a single Games. Including her 2016 medals, Raisman’s six career Olympic medals is the second highest total in U.S. gymnastics history behind Shannon Miller.
The 12 U.S. Olympic medals are listed below.
- Women’s team: gold
- Biles: all-around, vault and floor exercise gold, and balance beam bronze
- Hernandez: balance beam silver
- Kocian, uneven bars silver
- Leyva, parallel bars and high bar silver
- Alex Naddour of Queen Creek, Ariz./Team Hilton (USA Youth Fitness Center), pommel horse bronze
- Raisman, all-around and floor exercise silver
In the women’s floor final, Biles tumbled a layout full-out; double layout half-out (Biles); tucked double-double; and tucked full-in. Her 15.966 clinched the gold medal. Opening with her trademark one-and-a-half twist to double Arabian, punch layout front, Raisman scored a 15.500 to win silver. Great Britain’s Amy Tinkler claimed the bronze at 14.933.
Leyva captured two silvers on the final day of competition. On parallel bars, he capped off his magnificent routine with a stuck double front dismount to score a 15.900 and win the silver medal. Ukraine’s Oleg Verniaiev claimed gold with a 16.041 and David Belyavskiy of Russia earned the bronze (15.783).
Leyva performed a thrilling routine in the horizontal bar final with a layout Kovacs, Kolman and a double-twisting double layout dismount to score a 15.500, which earned the silver medal. Sam Mikulak of Newport Coast, Calif./Team Hilton (U.S. Olympic Training Center), hit his routine including a Cassina, Kolman and double twisting double layout dismount to score a 15.400 for fourth place. Germany’s Fabian Hambuechen won the title with his 15.766, and Nile Wilson of Great Britain finished third (15.466).
Gymnastics competition has concluded and wraps up its Olympics with two sessions of the gala on Aug. 17 at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Rio time.
Ways to follow the action
- NBC. NBC is the broadcast and web source for coverage and news on the Olympic Games.
- Aug. 16, individual event finals, 8 p.m. ET, NBC
- NBCOlympics.com. NBCOlympics.com carries live and archived coverage of every gymnastics session as well as all sports.
- USAGym2016.com. Original stories, athlete bios, schedules, results and more are available at usagym2016.com.
- USAGym.org. The USA Gymnastics official website is a great source for information about the sport: latest news, the schedule of its premier events, athlete biographies, videos, photo galleries and more.
- TeamUSA.org. The U.S. Olympic Committee’s website will also be a good resource for information on the Team USA in Rio.
- Social Media. USA Gymnastics is providing live updates and exclusive content, including interviews and photos, on Facebook and Twitter (@USAGym).