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Five awesome highlights from the gold-medal winning ‘Final Five’

From left, Aly Raisman, Madison Kocian, Laurie Hernandez, Simone Biles and Gabby Douglas celebrated on the medal stand on Tuesday.
From left, Aly Raisman, Madison Kocian, Laurie Hernandez, Simone Biles and Gabby Douglas celebrated on the medal stand on Tuesday. Tribune News Services

The “Final Five” put on quite a show not just on Tuesday night, but since artistic gymnastics started at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Aly Raisman, Laurie Hernandez, Simone Biles, Madison Kocia and Gabby Douglas rolled to a blowout victory in team gymnastics (184.897 to Russia’s 176.688). As Vahe Gregorian pointed out, there are reasons to admire this team beyond their athletic excellence.

But, hey, they are amazing to watch. So, here are five clips (and one bonus) that show just how unbelievable they are:

Aly Raisman’s floor routine was awesome:

Madison Kocia on the uneven bars will leave you shaking your head:

Simone Biles can do it all, and this on the vault was crazy good:

Gabby Douglas also was stunning on the bars:

Laurie Hernandez’s floor routine was amazing:

... but that wink was even cooler.

Pete Grathoff: 816-234-4330, @pgrathoff

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