As the U.S. women’s gymnastics team continues to win gold, the elite group once dubbed “The Fierce Five” has renamed themselves “The Final Five" in honor of their beloved coach.
The name change comes in honor of coach Marta Karolyi, 73, who will step down after the Rio Olympics.
Gymnast Aly Raisman explained on the Today show Wednesday: “We're the Final Five because this is Marta’s last Olympics and without her none of this would have been possible. We wanted to do it for her just because she's there with us every single day.”
She added: “This is the last Olympics where there's a five-girl team. The next Olympics is only going to be a four-person team."
Karolyi, whose spouse is acclaimed gymnastics coach Bela Karoli, who trained Romanian gymnast Nadia Comăneci, was by the group's side during the London 2012 Games, when Raisman, Simone Biles, Gabby Douglas, Laurie Hernandez and Madison Kocian were first labeled “The Fierce Five."
The gold medal winners took to social media to announce their new name and show off their gold medals.
"WE ARE THE FINAL FIVE" oh and one more thing... We're also OLYMPIC CHAMPIONS pic.twitter.com/o9AvtqkeB6— Alexandra Raisman (@Aly_Raisman) August 10, 2016
"I’m very proud and, yes, I cried,” Karolyi told reporters after learning the team's new name. “I’m not sentimental, but when Aly told me the name of the team is the Final Five, that is the moment.”
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