The United States women’s artistic gymnastics team has won the gold medal in the all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London.
It has been 16 long years since the Americans last stood atop the podium following this event, but they have finally put together a squad that was capable of dominating the floor.
Team USA earned the gold with a final score of 183.596. Russia took home the silver with 178.530, and Romania rounded out the podium by finishing with 176.414.
Jordyn Wieber was the star for the Americans, just two days after failing to qualify for the individual all-around finals. She did not let that disappointing result impact her performance in the vault or tumble. Wieber ended up competing—and shining—in three of the four total events.
The U.S. women have not won gold since the “Magnificent Seven” achieved the honor back in 1996. However, this victory was not nearly as dramatic.
This team was a favorite going into the competition and lived up to the hype. It was obvious at the World Championships in 2011 that they would be the team to beat in London and proved it by destroying the field in the finals.
Russia gave the U.S. a run for its money, as Victoria Komova and Aliya Mustafina are two of the finest gymnasts in the world.
However, there overall team effort wasn’t enough, and the U.S. easily breezed past all of the seven finalists.
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