Five Things We Learned from Olympic Women's Soccer Final

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Five Things We Learned from Olympic Women's Soccer Final
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The U.S. women's soccer team won its third consecutive gold medal at Thursday's Olympic final.

With the sport's largest crowd in history on hand, the U.S. women's soccer team claimed its third consecutive Olympic gold medal and its fourth since the turn of the century. Avenging a harrowing loss in 2011's World Cup final, keeper Hope Solo and company pulled out all the stops en route to a 2-1 victory over Japan.

It certainly wasn't the easiest of wins, but the Americans squeaked out a thriller to give their country a world-leading 39th gold. Check out five things fans learned about the Team USA and the state of the sport on Thursday.

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