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The U.S. women’s gymnastic team is on the brink of achieving Olympic stardom, but this group of five superstars is clearly enjoying the lead up to their competition in Rio.
"Outside of the gym, it's important to have fun and relax your mind a little bit,” said team captain Aly Raisman, who was part of team that earned gold in London and is now the oldest of the current crew.
“I'm only 22 years old, but everyone says I'm the ‘grandma’ and I’m super old, but this is the ‘oldest’ team we've had,” she told TODAY’s Hoda Kotb.
That team includes Simone Biles, Madison Kocien, Gabby Douglas and the youngest of the bunch, 16-year-old Laurie Hernandez.
“It's funny to think that four years ago, I was watching Aly and Gabby and now I'm on a team with all of these girls and SImone, Maddy,” Hernandez said. “We're all so close.”
Douglas agreed, saying that makes it easy to keep each other motivated.
“I guess we just done so many routines and we're just on autopilot. It just goes and it just flows,” she said.
The team’s superstar standout, Simone Biles, is considered one of the best gymnasts in the sport’s history. But the three-time world champion said she doesn’t feel more pressure than necessary.
“Once I go out on the floor, I'm the only one that can put expectations on myself," she said. "And I know what we are capable of as a team, so I just don't let it get to me because I know I am the only one who can control it, so there's no point in adding extra pressure.”
Unless Zac Efron enters the picture. Biles admitted she might get a little weak of the knees if the heartthrob were to make an appearance at their competition — but she invited him to visit them anyway.
“I think we need you here at the Team Final because we will all get to be there! We need you to come watch,” she said, before realizing what she had just said.
“Better give me that defibrillator."