Some call them the new Fab Five, others, the Fierce Five.  As far as we’re concerned, the young women of the 2012 Olympic Women’s Gymnastics Team are our FAVORITE Five.

Let’s take a look at how they got their start in gymnastics:

Gabby Douglas, aka “The Flying Squirrel”

Gabby’s gymnastics career began at age six when she enrolled in her first gymnastics class.  By age eight, she had won an all-around gymnastics award for her level at the 2004 Virginia State Championships. Looking to reach her potential, Gabby moved more than 1200 miles away from her Virginia home to Iowa.  There, she trained with Liang Chow, who was the coach of former world and Olympic champion Shawn Johnson.


Gabby just won gold in the All-Around!!!


McKayla Maroney

At two-years-old, McKayla started running around on all fours after watching the movie Tarzan.  In order to exhaust her daughter’s boundless energy, McKayla’s mom enrolled her in gymnastics, and the rest is Olympic gold history.

Aly Raisman

Team captain Aly’s mom was a high school gymnast, and Aly began her gymnastics “career” at the age of two when mom and daughter attended a Mommy and Me class.  “I always had a lot of energy,” she said, “so it was the perfect fit! I have always loved it ever since!”

Kyla Ross

Even as a baby, the Hawaiian-born Kyla Ross was always super strong and super energetic.  Her mother once said that her daughter “was born with muscles. We would go to the park and everybody would say ‘Whose baby is on top of that jungle gym?’ And I would say ‘Oh, that’s my baby. Don’t worry about her, she’s fine.'”

Jordyn Wieber

Like fellow teammate Kyla, defending all-around champ Jordyn was “born with muscles.”  “I was probably two or three,” She once said.  “My parents noticed that I had unusually bigger muscles than a typical little kid, so they put me in gymnastics.”

With a Team Gold Medal and more medals to come, let’s hear it for little girls with big muscles!

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