Kyla Ross of Aliso Viejo won her first gold medal of the 2012 Olympic Games as the U.S. women’s gymnastics team dominated the team finals.
The Aliso Viejo resident, who attends Aliso Niguel High School, performed on the balance beam and uneven bars.
The U.S. women captured the gold medal with an overall score of 183.596. Russia scored a 178.530 to take the silver and Romania won the bronze with a score of 176.414. A viewing party is scheduled for tonight at 9 p.m., at the Yard House in Newport Beach, 840 Newport Center Dr.
The 2012 U.S. women's gymnastics team is composed of Jordyn Wieber, Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas, Ross and McKayla Maroney. According to the Olympic format, each team selects three gymnasts for each of the four apparatuses in the final -- balance beam, uneven bars, vault and floor.
Maroney, from Laguna Hills, was the only U.S. gymnast with just one event, but no one on the team registered a score higher than her 16.233 on vault. That score was the highest of all competitors in the team final. Douglass performed in each of the rotations, Raisman worked the floor and beam, and Wieber was called on for the floor, vault and uneven bars.
The US women’s team has been nicknamed “The Fab Five” in the media, but after the final Maroney told Will Graves of The Associated Press that the quintet would like to be called the "Fierce Five" rather than the "Fab Five."
Now they can be called "Gold Medalists."