Excerpt from The Ringer
Written by Katie Baker
If you came in search of drama, there wasn’t much to find. There were no crumply-faced hysterics following a fall; no not-mad-just-disappointed coaches subtly freezing their athletes out. No American gymnasts were forced to stare down the vault or beam in silence, knowing they needed some certain score to edge a despised opponent by a sequin’s width. Even the opponents weren’t as despised as usual: The best place to find a good ol’ Cold War in these Rio games has turned out to be in the pool, not in the gym.
Instead, the five women on Team USA raised their glittering arms, smiled wide, and coolly stuck the landing.