2012 Olympic Gymnastics Team: USA's Gold Medal Showing Has Team Among Best Ever

Luis Batlle@lbatll1Contributor IAugust 2, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 31:  Jordyn Wieber, Gabrielle Douglas, Mc Kayla Maroney, Alexandra Raisman and Kyla Ross of the United States celebrate on the podium after winning the gold medal in the Artistic Gymnastics Women's Team final on Day 4 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on July 31, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
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They came, they saw and sure enough, Team USA's gymnastics squad conquered.

After what was a 16-yearย droughtย for the American women at the Olympics, it was the 2012 side that was able to come away with a gold-medal performance. What made this victory so impressive was not only did they come out on top, but they did so in outright dominant fashion.

It was the final score of this match that clearly made theย argumentย for this team being the greatest American team ever.

The United States women won with a score of 183.596, which was a tremendous feat at the Games. The score was five points better than second-place Russia, who scored 178.53 points. If not for some struggles in the uneven bars, the USA would have won by that much more.

Sixteen-year-old McKayla Maroney was arguably the top performer for this Team USA lineup. The 2011 World vault champion posted an eye-opening score of 16.233 for her vault score in the competition.

It was impressive to say the least.

However, this dominant performance is not only one that deserves a gold medal. It is also one that deserves to have this team among the best in Olympic gymnastics history.

The "Fabulous Five," as considered by many, have proven they are both the best unit and five individuals in the entire field. This unit also won gold at last year's World championships and were on point in each of the different events in London.

A five-point win was a telling one for Team USA. It deserves a gold and the media hype, but also special consideration with the greatest teams to grace these Olympic Games.


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