From Acting to Competing For More Olympic Bling, See What Members of The Fierce Five Are Up to Now

America's sweethearts of the 2012 Olympic Games are doing pretty well for themselves in 2016.

Americans always seem to have a love affair with the USA women’s Olympic gymnastics team, which is justified because they’re typically pretty baller. 2012 was an especially hype year for the team because they won gold at the Olympics for only the second time in the country’s history (shouts out to the 1996 Magnificent Seven for doing it first). This talented group of girls gave themselves the nickname the Fierce Five, and took America by storm before, during and after the 2012 games in London. Take a look back at what each of these young women accomplished four years ago, and see what’s up with them now!

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  • 2 Kyla Ross: Then
    Ross acted as a supporting cast member for the Fierce Five, but that’s nothing to take lightly. She finished sixth in the qualifier for balance beam, but could not compete in the event’s finals because only up to two members from the same team are eligible to do so, and fellow teammates Gabby Douglas and Aly Raisman finished ahead of her. #FierceFiveProbz

  • 3 Kyla Ross: Now
    Ross recently announced her retirement from elite gymnastics, but she’s not done with the sport yet! Kyla will begin attending UCLA this fall and compete on their collegiate gymnastics team. From the looks of her Instagram, she seems excited to begin the new chapter of her life and gymnastics career.

  • 4 Aly Raisman: Then
    Raisman was a force to be reckoned with in London. Aside from helping her team win gold, she won a gold for herself in floor exercise and a bronze in balance beam. However, she was snubbed from medaling in all-around, losing the tiebreaker for bronze to Russian gymnast Aliya Mustafina.

  • 5 Aly Raisman: Now
    She’s back with a vengeance, y’all! After taking a little bit of a hiatus that included finishing fourth in spring 2013’s season of Dancing with the Stars and designing leotards, she returned to the world of elite gymnastics in 2014 with her eyes on Rio. On Sunday (August 7), she qualified for the all-around and floor exercise, finishing second behind American Simone Biles in both events.

  • 6 McKayla Maroney: Then
    Maroney was the team’s vault queen. She scored a 16.233 on vault (which is phenomenal, just so you know) in the team finals, but fell during her vault during the event finals. She came out of it still winning silver in vault, and when she stepped on to the podium to receive her medal she became something even better than an olympian: a meme. The Internet gave a picture of her (to the left) looking disappointed the caption “McKayla Maroney is not impressed.”

  • 7 McKayla Maroney: Now
    After London, Maroney made some moves to go back to the Olympics. In 2013, she even became the first U.S. female gymnast to defend her title as the World Champ on vault. However, she said her love for the sport just wasn’t enough to try out for Rio. McKayla appeared on TV shows Hart of Dixie and Bones, and says she’s planning on coming out with music soon. So luckily for the world, we haven’t seen the last of her.

  • 8 Jordyn Wieber: Then
    Wieber came into the 2012 games as the 2011 all-around Word Champion, but failed to qualify for the all-around at the Olympics. She finished fourth behind Gabby Douglas and Aly Raisman, so while her score was good enough to move on, the pesky rule that only permits two gymnasts per team to compete in the finals prevented her from doing so. She did, however, go to the finals for floor exercise, where she placed seventh.

  • 9 Jordyn Wieber: Now
    Still active in the sport, Jordyn helps manage UCLA’s gymnastics team (Maybe she helped convince Kyla Ross to go there?). Because of NCAA rules, she can’t compete for her university’s team since she went pro prior to the 2012 Olympics. While Wieber originally planned to try out for Rio, she realized that her experience in London fulfilled her and was ready for the next chapter in her life. This fall, she’ll enter her senior year, finishing up her degree is psychology.

  • 10 Gabby Douglas: Then
    Gabby Douglas was that chick in the 2012 London Olympic Games. She won gold in the all-around and made the event finals in uneven bars and balance beam. Douglas was the first African-American gymnast to win the all-around, as well as the only gymnast ever to win team gold and the all-around at the same Olympic Games.

  • 11 Gabby Douglas: Now
    Douglas returned to the Olympics this year, but did not make the same splash that she did in 2012. She finished third in the all-around qualifier behind Simone Biles and Aly Raisman, but as you can tell by now that two gymnasts per country per final rule steady screws over the women of team USA. She will, however, be competing in the finals for uneven bars. Her and her family also have a reality show called Douglas Family Gold on Oxygen.

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