When it comes to nicknames of the USA women’s gymnastics team, none have been as straight-forward as this one.
First we had the 1996 team, The Magnificent Seven, a reference to the All-Star driven Western starring Steve McQueen and Eli Wallach (and also a great song by The Clash).
In 2012 there were complications with the name The Fab Five, which became The Fierce Five because, you know.
This time around, it’s pretty simple: The Final Five.
Many assumed that the name was a reference to the change in gymnastics team size that will take place at the Tokyo Olympics. In 2020, a country will be able to field a team of just 4 gymnasts in the final, although they’ll also be able to bring a maximum of two individual gymnasts who don’t compete with the team. Thus, this will be the last Olympic gymnastics team to be made of five members.
They will also be the also the last team members to play under legendary coach Martha Karolyi.
A little plain, sure, but when you dominate the way Aly Raisman, Laurie Hernandez, Simone Biles, Gabby Douglas, and Madison Kocian did this week, you get to do what you want.