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The US Women's Gymnastics Team Wins Gold After A Gravity-Defying Performance

The Final Five took first place by more than 8 points — the most dominant victory since gymnastics scoring was overhauled in 2006.

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Team USA won gold Tuesday in the women's gymnastics team final, beating Russia and China by the largest margin ever since the scoring system was overhauled in 2006.

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Team USA racked up 184.897 points to Russia's 176.688 and China's 176.003.

Biles and team captain Aly Raisman will go on to compete for medals in the individual all-around Thursday. On Tuesday, Raisman stood out for a high-scoring vault.

Madison Kocian, who joined the team as its uneven bars specialist, rocked the apparatus with a score of 15.933 — one of the highest individual scores of the entire finals.

The team cheered "We are the Final Five" after their victory was announced.

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The 2016 team is the last that will be coached by the legendary Martha Karolyi. In 2020, gymnastics will also move to a four-person national team.

USA Gymnastics celebrated the victory, its third and a back-to-back win. Raisman and Douglas are also now the only two US women gymnasts to have won three gold medals.

Claudia Koerner is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Los Angeles.

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