Team USA Gymnast McKayla Maroney: "I Can't Believe I'm an Olympic Champion!"
The U.S.A. women's gymnastics team won the gold medal Tuesday during the Team Finals of the 2010 London Olympics Games -- and the "Fab Five" ladies couldn't be more thrilled.
Aly Raisman, 18, Jordyn Wieber, 17, Gabby Douglas, 16, Kyla Ross, 15, and McKayla Maroney, 16, earned a score of 183.596 to put them in first above Russia and Romania. The team also earned a spot in history as their achievement marked the first gold medal for the U.S. in this event since 1996 Atlanta Olympics.
"I feel amazing!" Raisman told Us Weekly after their win. "I'm so proud of this team! I love these girls so much. They did amazing and I can't believe we're Olympic champions. It feels amazing!"
Maroney also credited the entire team for Olympic win, telling Us, "I'm so in shock right now! I can't believe I have this gold medal around my neck. It's absolutely amazing. I'm just so happy for all these girls. They did so great today and I just love this team so much. We knew that we could do it, but the most important thing is that we all believed ourselves today, and we hit our routines. I'm so happy with the outcome."
And the gymnast also believes that their victory has made them even closer friends.
"I think we're as close as we can be after this whole experience. I've known Kyla since I was 6 years old," Maroney explained. "This is not a lie . . . we're all best friends and after this, I'll probably want to go visit each girl and vacation together. That's how close we are. I love them so much. I can't believe I'm an Olympic champion . . . it's awesome!"
"It's really special to all win our gold medals with this team," Ross told Us. "We've all been working and training together for a long time, and especially me and McKayla, who grew up together. That definitely helps the team atmosphere and how we all did tonight."