America

With the Fourth of July just past us, it’s a time to reflect on our country. So often, these days, we look at the wrongs of our country and fail to acknowledge the wonder and the sheer awesomeness of the United States of America. In a gymnastics fashion, let us reflect on the past six years for the U.S.

2012:
Women’s Olympic Team Champions

Gabby Douglas: Olympic All Around Champion

Danell Leyva: Olympic Bronze Medalist

Men Qualify In 1st place to the Olympic Team Final

2013:

Simone Biles is All Around and Floor World Champion.

Mckayla Maroney is Vault World Champion.

The United States has the highest combined medal total of the World Championships.

2014:

The Men’s Team wins the Bronze at the World Championships.

The Women win Gold as a team at the World Championships.

Simone Biles repeats as All Around and Floor Champion, also picks up the Beam title.

2015:

Simone and Gabby go 1-2 in the All Around at Worlds.

Madison Kocian is one of four World Bar Champions.

The men have the highest team High Bar score of the Team Final.

The women are Team World Champions.

2016:

The U.S. tops the medal count at the Olympics.

Danell Leyva brings home silver medals on the High Bar and Parallel Bars.

Simone Biles wins Olympic gold on vault, floor, team, all around, and a bronze on beam.

Laurie Hernandez and Madison Kocian both win individual silver medals.

2017:

Morgan Hurd becomes a World AA Champion.

Yul Moldauer wins a World Bronze on Floor.

First year-elite Jade Carey takes home two silver medals at worlds (vault and floor).

When a conversation of gymnastics comes up, the United States continues to reign a dominant force of success, which deems a reason for us to celebrate this country and our gymnastics. So instead of focusing on all the wrong things going on in our country at a time like the Fourth of July, instead, eat some burgers, relax on the beach, take a swim in the pool, watch some fireworks, and remember how successful and wonderful our country can be.

 

Happy Fourth of July!!

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