Team USA Gymnastics Takes the Gold Medal for First Time in 16 Years
In an exciting turn of events, the U.S. women's gymnastics team won the gold medal in the women's team finals earlier today, a feat last accomplished by the "Magnificent Seven," in the 1996 games. Coming off a rough night for Jordyn Wieber, America's sweetheart who missed qualifying for the individual all-around finals on Sunday, this is sure to lift the team's spirits and put a smile on their faces. With a final score of 183.596, the U.S. beat Russia who settled for silver with an overall score of 178.530, and Romania, who came in at a distant third with a final score of 176.414.
This team has been called the strongest team in decades and was favored to win gold going into the games, but that doesn't make this win any less exciting! Russia has two of the best gymnasts in the world, Victoria Komova and Aliya Mustafina, both of whom gave the U.S. women a run for their money. Both gymnasts performed very well, but their individual efforts weren't enough to save Russia from the silver.
The U.S. women were on a roll. Wieber started strong on the vault, and McKayla Maroney scored a 16.23 on her Amanar vault (a feat that's almost never been done), with Gabby Douglass, who's known as the "flying squirrel" scoring a 15.23 on her uneven bar routines, and Aly Raisman securing the gold for them with an almost-perfect floor routine.
Congratulations ladies: You did it! For a full recap of their performances, check out the video below.