U.S. Women's Olympic Gymnastic Stars Light Up The Empire State Building
Their gold medals in hand, the U.S. women's champion Olympic Gymnastic team on Tuesday flicked the switch, to light up the Empire State Building red, white and blue.
Gabby Douglas, Jordyn Wieber, Aly Raisman, McKayla Maroney and Kyla Ross arrived at the London Games as wannabes but returned home with a bounty of medals, including the United States' first team gold in 16-years.
16-year-old Gabby Douglas in particular grabbed the media spotlight, after winning the women's all-around gold medal.
[Steve Penny, President of U.S.A. Gymnastics]:
"Gabby Douglas became the first African-American to win the Olympic all-around gold medal and was the third consecutive all-around champion for the United States.”
McKayla Maroney has also become a media sensation, after a video of her scowling during her silver winning medal ceremony went viral.
[McKayla Maroney, U.S. Olympic Gymnast]:
"I was real confused and I couldn't believe that just for making that face for two seconds like, it could turn in to that. I was just disappointed that I fell on my butt at the Olympics and when the National Anthem was playing and it wasn't my country I was just thinking in my head, like just, dang it.”
Aly Raisman, the team's captain and the oldest of the group at 18-years-old, took home three medals, including the team gold, a bronze on the balance beam and a gold medal for her performance on the floor.
[Aly Raisman, U.S. Olympic Gymnast]:
"We wanted to win the gold medal, so to be able to accomplish that means everything to us and we wanted to go out there and enjoy it and we really did. So I think we can all agree it was the best experience of a lifetime and we had so much fun.”
The gold-winning team begin a 40 city United States tour on Wednesday.