It was hardly a surprise that the U.S. women won the gold medal. They were favorites coming into the event, and a foot injury to Romania's Larisa Iordache impacted her performance and took them out of serious gold-medal contention before the finals began.
But the expectation was that Russia would give them a run for the national anthem honors.
The U.S. secured a margin of victory that was more than five points. Part was their simple dominance, winning three of the four rotations. But the normally well-disciplined Russian team had a litany of errors that undermined their Games.
They started on vault after the American team and performed well. The only nation to beat their individual scores was the U.S. They followed that with two excellent marks on the uneven bars.
But the third score on that apparatus was a sign of things to come.
Anastasia Grishina posted 14.700, a score that was 1.0 lower than her teammates. Still, they had gained back most of their deficit with the U.S.
But Russia followed with a subpar showing on the balance beam, giving back some of the points they had just gained.
They entered the final rotation on the floor with a chance to bridge the gap and still take gold.
Then Grishina took the floor and ended their hopes.
American spectators are conditioned to see the Russian gymnasts as unwavering robots. They train hard and perfection is the expectation.
Seeing them make as many mistakes as they did was very surprising. So was their reaction.
The Russian women were in tears after the event, having "only" won a silver medal. While they didn't perform their best, the margin of victory made a win nearly inconceivable even without the errors.