The USA gymnasts picked a team name, and it's an apparent homage to all they've overcome for the Olympics

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The USA gymnasts picked a team name, and it's an apparent homage to all they've overcome for the Olympics
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Simone Biles and Team USA pose with their silver medals from the team all-around competition.
Team USA's "Fighting Four" pose with their silver medals from the team all-around competition. AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko
  • Team USA gymnastics' Tokyo 2020 squad has chosen their team nickname.

  • Simone Biles, Sunisa Lee, Jordan Chiles, and Grace McCallum are members of "The Fighting Four."

  • The name appears to pay homage to the difficulties leading up to and during the Olympics Games.

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First, the 2012 USA women's gymnastics Olympic squad dubbed themselves "The Fierce Five." Then, four years later, the athletes defending their all-around goal in Rio de Janeiro claimed "The Final Five."

Finally, the 2020 Olympic team has chosen a name of its own. Simone Biles, Sunisa "Suni" Lee, Jordan Chiles, and Grace McCallum are officially known as "The Fighting Four."

USA Gymnastics' "The Fighting 4."
USA Gymnastics' "The Fighting Four." AP Photo/Ashley Landis

Lee - the youngest member of the squad and the group's uneven bars specialist - introduced the four-person team by its new name in an Instagram post. She wrote that she was "beyond proud of this team."

"In my heart, we are winners," Lee wrote. "We fought 'til the end and didn't give up. Tonight may not have gone how we wanted it to, but we stepped up to the plate and give it our all."

"Best team I could've asked for," she added.

The next-youngest of the group, McCallum, posted her own Instagram with a similar message - and the fresh new nickname.

"I'm so unbelievably proud of this team," McCallum wrote in the post published late Wednesday morning Tokyo time. "We stuck together through it all and fought till the very end. I'm truly blessed to have such an amazing team, the fighting four."

The team's name appears to be an homage to all of the adversity Biles, Lee, Chiles, and McCallum faced in the lead-up to and during the Tokyo Games. The most obvious and most recent of those obstacles is the mental health struggle that prompted Biles' withdrawal from Tuesday's team all-around final.

But everyone on the team faced challenges at one point or another. Lee struggled with an ankle injury in the months before the games. Chiles had a particularly shaky start to the Olympics competition at the qualifying event. McCallum was the last of the four to clinch her spot on the team.

Simone Biles chats with her Team USA teammates.
Simone Biles chats with her Team USA teammates. Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports

They all had to train in isolation due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But if anyone is going to fight back and persevere, it's Biles, Lee, Chiles, and McCallum: "The Fighting Four."

Though Chiles' and McCallum's runs in Tokyo came to an end Tuesday, Biles and Lee are expected to return to the gym on Thursday for the individual all-around final. Should she participate, the 24-year-old GOAT will look to defend her title from 2016.

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