The Best Photos of the US Women’s Olympic Gymnastics Team

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US gymnast Gabrielle Douglas (C), Mckayla Maroney (R), Alexandra Raisman (L) and teammates celebrate winning gold in the women’s team of the artistic gymnastics event of the London Olympic Games on July 31, 2012 at the 02 North Greenwich Arena in London. Team US won gold, Team Russia took silver and Team Romania got bronze. BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images/Newscom. Find it on Newscom.com: afplivefour613419

It’s hard to believe that women’s gymnastics only has 5 days of actual competition. The drama, grace, beauty, and upsets seem to have spanned the whole of the London Olympics. There have been extreme lows: from Jordyn Wieber dissolving into tears when she missed the all-around cut, to Viktoria Komova’s tears when she had to settle for silver, to Gabby Douglas falling off the beam in her final Olympic event, to McKayla Maroney’s face on the stand after she fell and lost her chance at sure-fire gold medal. But there have also been the extreme highs: Gabby Douglas‘ beautiful smile accepting her second gold medal of the games, Beth Tweddle clenching the first-ever medal in women’s gymnastics for Great Britain, Aly Raisman’s parents watching her slip into the all-around competition, and then Aly’s face first on the next night when she finished her floor routine and everyone knew the US had just clinched the team gold medal and then when she clinched individual gold on the floor exercise.

Either way, the path to multiple medals for the United States’ Fab Five gymnasts has been awesome to watch. Check out some of the best photos of Gabby Douglas, Aly Raisman, McKayla Maroney, Jordyn Wieber, and Kyla Ross as they’ve flipped, jumped, and spun their way to one of the best American gymnastics teams in history.

Check out the photos in this post, and then head back to Newscom to see the best photos of the women’s gymnastics team from the London Olympics.

Alexandra Raisman

Alexandra Raisman of the United States won the gold medal for her performance in the women’s floor exercises apparatus finals at North Greenwich Arena during the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, England, Tuesday, August 7, 2012. David Eulitt/MCT/Newscom. Find it on Newscom.com: krtphotoslive565306

USA's Gabrielle Douglas

USA’s Gabrielle Douglas, the woman’s all-around gold medalist, slips on the Balance Beam during the Women’s Gymnastics Apparatus Finals competition at the North Greenwich Arena during the London 2012 Summer Olympics in Greenwich, London on August 7, 2012. Douglas finished next to last. China’s Deng Linlin won the gold, China’s Sui Lu the silver and USA’s Alexandra Raisman the bronze. Pat Benic/UPI/Newscom. Find it on Newscom.com: upiphotostwo178877

Jordyn Wieber

Jordyn Wieber of the U.S. competes in the balance beam during the women’s gymnastics qualification in the North Greenwich Arena during the London 2012 Olympic Games July 29, 2012. BRIAN SNYDER/REUTERS/Newscom. Find it on Newscom.com: rtrlfive390186

Gabrielle Douglas of the USA

Gabrielle Douglas of the USA celebrates after winning gold in the women’s All-Around Individual event of the London 2012 Olympic Games Artistic Gymnastics competitions, London, Britain, 02 August 2012. ROLF VENNENBERND/EPA/Newscom. Find it on Newscom.com: epaphotos511735

Alexandra Raisman

Alexandra Raisman of the U.S. performs her floor exercise during the women’s gymnastics team final in the North Greenwich Arena at the London 2012 Olympic Games July 31, 2012. BRIAN SNYDER/REUTERS/Newscom. Find it on Newscom.com: rtrlfive399334

Kyla Ross

Kyla Ross of the U.S. performs on the balance beam during the women’s gymnastics team final in the North Greenwich Arena at the London 2012 Olympic Games July 31, 2012. BRIAN SNYDER/REUTERS/Newscom. Find it on Newscom.com: rtrlfive398534

McKayla Maroney

Aug. 5, 2012 – London, England, United Kingdom – In the Olympic gymnastics vault final, McKayla Maroney won the silver for the U.S. Bruce Chambers/ZUMA Press/Newscom. Find it on Newscom.com: zumasportsworldtwo262970

US women's gymnastic team

USA’s, from left to right, McKayla Maroney, Kyla Ross, Alexandra Raisman, Gabby Douglas, and Jordyn Wieber pose with their gold medals after winning the women’s gymnastics team final during the Summer Olympic Games in London, England, Tuesday, July 31, 2012. Nhat V. Meyer/MCT/Newscom. Find it on Newscom.com: krtphotoslive563480

Jordyn Wieber

Finals of the Women’s Team Artistic Gymnastics. The Americans lived up to their considerable hype and then some Tuesday night, routing silver medalist Russia and everybody else on their way to their first Olympic title in women’s gymnastics since 1996.Here, Jordyn Wieber, who rarely smiles, ended her floor exercise with a smile on her face, knowing they were close to winning the gold medal. Brian Peterson/ZUMA Press/Newscom. Find it on Newscom.com: zumawireworldphotosfive593470

Alexandra Raisman

Alexandra Raisman of the United States reacted to knowing the gold medal was ensured for the USA team after her performance in the floor exercises during women’s team gymnastics finals at North Greenwich Arena during the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, England, Tuesday, July 31, 2012. The United States won the gold medal in the event. David Eulitt/ABACAUSA.COM/Newscom. Find it on Newscom.com: abausaphotos775339

McKayla Maroney

McKayla Maroney of the U.S. celebrates with her silver medal in the women’s vault victory ceremony in the North Greenwich Arena during the London 2012 Olympic Games August 5, 2012. BRIAN SNYDER/REUTERS/Newscom. Find it on Newscom.com: rtrlfive418733

Orange County's Kyla Ross

Orange County’s Kyla Ross performs her floor exercise routine during the Women’s Artistic Gymnastics Qualification at North Greenwich Arena, London. Bruce Chambers/ZUMA Press/Newscom. Find it on Newscom.com: zumawireworldphotosfive582959

Gabrielle Douglas

Aug. 6, 2012 – London, England, United Kingdom – Gabrielle Douglas. Paul Kitagaki Jr./ZUMA Press/Newscom. Find it on Newscom.com: zumawireworldphotosfive608385

Gabrielle Douglas of the U.S.

A combination of pictures shows Gabrielle Douglas of the U.S. competing in the four different apparatus of the women’s individual all-around gymnastics final in the North Greenwich Arena during the London 2012 Olympic Games August 2, 2012. American 16-year-old gymnast Gabby Douglas won the women’s all-round gold, and the world’s hearts, with her perky smile and acrobatic prowess that earned her the tag “Flying Squirrel”. STAFF/REUTERS/Newscom. Find it on Newscom.com: rtrlfive421185

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