Olympic Women's Gymnastics 2012 Tuesday Results: Live Scores, Highlights & More
After years of anticipation it's official: The U.S. Women's Gymnastics team has won Olympic gold in London.
The Americans were solid from start to finish, trading blows with Team Russia through the first two rotations and breaking away down the home stretch.
Russia settled for silver. Romania took bronze.
Look for more B/R coverage of Team USA's triumph throughout the day, and thanks for following along.
Team USA receives its gold medals.
A fantastic achievement for this group. They wave in unison. The American fans go wild.
And the flag ascends into the rafters...
Signing off the live blog for now, and leaving y'all with a picture of your Olympic champions in celebration.
The medal ceremony has begun.
Romania gets a nice cheer form the crowd.
After faltering at 2011 Worlds, Romania came on strong in the last year and has to be pretty pleased with bronze.
Lots of anger in the comments about NBC's coverage of these Games...
And I can't say I disagree with you.
Like I said earlier, this is one of the great moments in U.S. gymnastics history--a pinnacle that was almost two decades in the making.
And most of America will see it on tape delay...already knowing the outcome.
These competitors deserved better. They deserved to perform in front of the world. Instead, the priceless spontaneity of their effort has been sacrificed for ratings.
So, where does this leave Jordyn Wieber?
She'll be in the floor exercise final, but the bulk of her Olympic experience over.
Her resolve today was impressive, but she never had a chance for true redemption. The competition just didn't set up that way.
She was never on the spot. She never needed to deliver.
I'll say that she impressed me, both as a performer and a teammate. But circumstances prevented her from any sort of headline-making resurrection.
She is, however, an Olympic champion. And a deserving one.
Phil Sheriden of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
I hope this team doesn't get lost in the lack of made-for-TV drama. They deserve heaps of praise. Has U.S. gymnastics ever been such a heavy favorite in an Olympic team competition? And goodness did they deliver.
Yes, Russia faltered down the stretch.
But make no mistake, America would have won this competition regardless.
They simply never made the mistake Russia would have needed to move past them.
As mentioned on the live stream, America didn't score lower than a 14.666 on any single routine. It was a clockwork performance from a dominant team.
The final tally:
United States - 183.596
Russia - 178.530
Romania - 176.414
China - 174.430
Canada - 170.804
Great Britain - 170.495
Japan - 166.646
Russia gets silver.
Canada with a surprise fifth-place finish.
AND IT'S OFFICIAL.
Team USA is your 2012 gold-medal champion.
Let the tears flow...
The girls are holding hands. Awaiting their score.
All heads titled up to the jumbotron.
The Fab Five never wavered today.
Not once. There wasn't a dud routine in the bunch.
Raisman hits and the girls celebrate.
Raisman performs to Hava Nagila.
Mazel Tov, indeed.
Wieber with a 15.000.
Raisman up to seal it.
She would need a score south of 11 to lose this for Team USA.
In other words, somersaults will do.
Start counting your chickens folks. America is gold-medal bound.
Redemption is sweet, and the stoic former world champ can smile for what seems like the first time in days.
Wieber and Raisman are the last to go...
They're close friends and America's best on this apparatus. They were also in the middle of Sunday's GRAND controversy when Raisman excelled on floor to steal a spot from Weiber in the all-around final.
Well all that is ancillary now as they look to bring it home for Team USA.
Douglas gets a 15.066 on her routine.
Gabby Douglas starts the gold-medal march with a beautiful floor routine.
She's been locked in today, and the Russians can only watch.
Medal analysis from one of the best gym blogs around...
Despite the worst FX rotation expected from Russia, they finish ahead Romania so they should have no problems getting silver.— The All Around (@theallaround) July 31, 2012
Anything above a 40.3 on floor...
And Team USA is your 2012 Olympic champions.
The Americans got a 43.757 on the apparatus in qualifiers, and that was with an eligible score under 14.
Russia will be able to save some face if Komova can win the individual all-around, but that isn't the prize they wanted.
Scores for Russia on floor...
14.333 - Afanseva
12.466 - Grishina
14.800 - Mustafina
The Russians are simply trying to hold silver at this point.
Team Russia came into these Games with dreams of redemption, but it's all falling apart.
Afanseva falls on her floor routine, as well.
Still stunning to me that the most significant moment of this millennium in women's gymnastics will not be broadcast live on television...
Well we won't have the drama of a Strugg-esque finish, but gold is good no matter how you earn it (doping excluded).
Barring a major disaster, the Fab Five are about to match their hype.
The Russians are unraveling. Shades of 2008 after they'd made so much progress.
Grishina completes her disaster Olympics with a bad floor routine.— The All Around (@theallaround) July 31, 2012
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