Photo by Silvia Vatteroni

Not only did they make a second Olympic team, but have also repeated their success.

Gabby Douglas of USA

Although she did not get the chance to defend her Olympic all around title, she did not leave the competition without helping her team defend their title. Her uneven bars rank improved from 8th to 7th.

Aly Raisman of USA

Beside being a part of the Olympic gold winning team for a second time in a row, London Olympic floor champion Aly Raisman won a silver medal on floor in Rio.

She wasn't able to win a medal on balance beam like she did in London as she did not qualify due to two per country rule. 

However, she improved her all around placement. In London, she missed out on a medal finishing fourth. In Rio, she finally got her redemption in winning silver.

Aliya Mustafina of Russia

Mustafina enjoyed success in Rio. By winning gold on uneven bars, she became the first gymnast to defend her Olympic individual title since her compatriot Svetlana Khorkina in 2000. She won a bronze medal in the all around and a silver with her team, the same results she had in the previous Olympics.

Mustafina was the winner of the bronze medal on floor exercise in London. In Rio, she did not make any event finals beside the uneven bars'.

Maria Paseka of Russia

In London, she won a bronze medal on vault with an Amanar and a Lopez. In Rio, she stepped up her game by competing a Cheng for her second vault which earned her a silver.

Written by Gigi Farid



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