Meet the Teens of the U.S. Women’s Gymnastics Team [PHOTOS]

July 5, 2012 12:20 am

Tears flowed on Sunday night as the five female gymnasts for Team USA were finally chosen after four days of intense competition. In the coming weeks, they will continue to train and prepare for the Olympic Games in London—an incredible way for the girls to represent their country.

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There’s a lot to learn about these ladies. The youngest star is just 15-years-old. They love Twilight, Justin Bieber, and obviously gymnastics. Who knows, one could soon be the next great champion! Here are the vital stats you need to know.

Gabby Douglas for Team USA Gymnastics.

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Name: Gabby Douglas
Nickname: Flying Squirrel
Age: 16
Hometown: Virginia Beach, Va.
Favorite Book: Twilight
Favorite TV Show: Vampire Diaries
Favorite Movie: Vampire Diaries
Celebrity Crush: Michael Phelps
Favorite Event: Floor and Beam
Claim to Fame: Douglas may not have been the favorite to win the 2012 Olympic trials, but after she clinched a spot on the team by scoring .100 of a point over World All-Around champion Jordyn Wieber, she became the one to watch.

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Jordyn Weiber for Team USA Gymnastics.

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Name: Jordyn Wieber
Nickname: Jo
Age: 16
Hometown: DeWitt, Mich.
Favorite Book: The Last Song
Favorite Movie: Grey’s Anatomy
Celebrity Crush: Justin Bieber
Favorite Event: Beam
Claim to Fame: According to, Wieber has only lost one all-around competition since 2008 and though she didn’t win the top spot at the Olympic trials as expected, she’s the top contender to make a clean sweep at the Olympic Games.
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McKayla Maroney for Team USA Gymnastics.

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Name: McKayla Maroney
Age: 16
Hometown: Long Beach, Calif.
Favorite Book: Audrey Wait
Favorite Movie: Yes Man
Favorite TV Show: KUWTK
Favorite Event: Floor
First Olympic Memory: “…watching Carly Patterson stick her Double Arabian beam dismount.”
Claim to Fame: Maroney made a remarkable comeback at the Olympic trials after an injury during the U.S. National Championship finals left her with a broken nose and a concussion, according to the Chicago Tribune. The 2011 World Championship vault gold medalist is set to return to training and get back in competition mode.
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Aly Raisman for Team USA Gymnastics.

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Name: Alexandra Raisman
Nickname: Aly
Age: 18
Hometown: Needham, Mass.
Favorite Book: The Pact
Favorite TV Show: Pretty Little Liars
Role Model: Taylor Swift
Favorite Event: Floor
Claim to Fame: According to NBC‘s Universal Sports Network, Raisman finished third in the Olympic trials with the highest scores on the beam and the floor. Her consistency has been praised by the team’s national coordinator, according to the Boston Globe, and that kind of performance is sure to be a valuable asset to Team USA at The Games.

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Kyla Ross for Team USA Gymnastics.

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Name: Kyla Ross
Nickname: Mighty Mouse
Age: 15
Hometown: Aliso Viejo, Calif.
Favorite Book: The Hunger Games
Favorite Movie: The Proposal
Favorite TV Show: Modern Family
Favorite Event: Beam
Claim to Fame: Ross is the youngest member of this year’s Olympic team—a big step for someone in her first year as a senior gymnast. She is a former two-time United States junior champion, but the Olympics will certainly be a challenge. Can she handle the pressure?

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