NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The red carpet was rolled out for the golden girls of the U.S. Women’s Gymnastics team, in their visit to New York on Tuesday.
Fresh off their team all-around gold medal in London, the ‘Fierce Five’ had the honor of ringing the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange. The team also symbolically flipped the switch at the Empire State Building earlier in the day to illuminate the building red, white and blue.
After the ceremony at the Empire State Building, team captain Aly Raisman said the thrill of the win hasn’t worn off yet.
“That was our dream. We worked together, to be able to accomplish that means everything to us,” Raisman said.
In addition to team gold, Gabby Douglas became the first African-American woman to win the individual all-around gold medal, and she said she’s proud to be a role model.
“Young girls look up to me and just say ‘ooh, if she can do it, then I want to do it and everything’s possible,’” Douglas said.
Reporters asked McKayla Maroney about her now-famous grimace on the podium after winning the silver medal in the vault competition.
“In my head I was just disappointed that I fell on my butt at the Olympics…it’s funny now to look back at what I did,” Maroney said.
As for the future, at least one member of the Fierce Five said she’ll try to repeat at the 2016 Olympic Games in South America.
“I haven’t considered retiring because I would be too young so I am definitely thinking about Rio,” the 16-year-old Douglas said.
For now, the team is gearing up for a cross-country gymnastics tour.
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