The United States women's gymnastics dominated the team final at the 2012 London Olympics, beating out second-place Russia by 5.056 points to take home the gold medal.
To put that in perspective, the Chinese women beat out the 2008 US squad by a mere 1.475 points to win the gold.
It's safe to say that Aly Raisman, Jordyn Wieber, Gabby Douglas, McKayla Maroney and Kyla Ross gave us the best performance by any American team thus far into the London Games.
Their collective brilliance was better than Michael Phelps winning his record-breaking 19th medal by swimming the anchor leg of the 4x200-meter freestyle.
It was better than anything Ryan Lochte and Allison Schmitt have done.
What the five of them did on Tuesday was even better than the shellacking that the United States basketball team put on France, Tunisia and whatever other team they may meet down the line.
Douglas was the best the United States had to offer in the team final. She finished in the top four in three of the four events she participated in. "The Flying Squirrel" faltered only on the uneven bars, but she still managed the sixth-best score in the entire competition.
The 17-year-old Wieber showed just how mature she actually is. Even after her inability to make the individual all-around final because of an Olympic rule that many deem as "unfair," she composed herself and helped lead her team to an easy win.
Raisman, the elder statesman on this team, proves that she belonged in the individual all-around final with her teammate Douglas. A first-place finish on the floor exercise and a respectable showing on the balance beam gave the US a huge advantage.
The youngest on the team, Ross, was solid as usual, surpassing the 15-point mark on the beam and a 19.933 on the uneven bars.
And Maroney, the resident specialist, yet again made it known that she is the best in the world when it comes to vault. There isn't a gymnast in the world who can come close to what she does on the apparatus.
This was a blowout. A blowout to rule all blowouts.
Many expected the United States to come away with the gold, but very few expected the walloping that we were lucky enough to see on Tuesday in London.
They brought the gold in women's gymnastics back to the United States for the first time since 1996 when the "Magnificent Seven" got the job done in Atlanta.
Despite the huge expectations, which often lead to disappointment, the American fivesome put on a show for the ages—the best we've seen in the 30th Olympiad.
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