NJ native Laurie Hernandez wins gold medal along with US women's gymnastics team
The U.S. women's gymnastics team, which includes 16-year-old New Jersey native Laurie Hernandez, has won the gold medal with a score of 184.897 at the Rio Games.
Their day was capped by fan-favorite Simone Biles with a boundary-pushing floor exercise that showed just how far ahead they are of everyone else.
Biles, Hernandez, Gabby Douglas, Madison Kocian and Aly Raisman also gave retiring national team coordinator Martha Karolyi a fitting sendoff with powerful performances on all the apparatuses.
The golden girls dubbed themselves "The Final Five" in honor of Karolyi's retirement at the end of the Olympics and the fact that the format is changing for Tokyo in 2020 so that only four team members will take part in the team competition.
The normally stern Karolyi broke down in tears when she was told of the nickname the team adopted.
"I think at this moment we can say that that the United States dominates the world of gymnastics," Karolyi said.
Russia took the silver medal and China earned bronze.
The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.