U.S. Women win Olympic Gold
First gymnastics win in 16 years
LONDON — Team USA lived up to their considerable hype, routing silver medalist Russia and everybody else on their way to their first Olympic title in women’s gymnastics since 1996. Their score of 183.596 was a whopping five points ahead of Russia and made their final event, floor exercise, more like a coronation. Romania won the bronze, as reported in the Associated Press.
When the score for captain Aly Raisman flashed, the Americans screamed and chanted “U-S-A! U-S-A!”
“We knew we could do it. We just had to pull out all the stops,” Raisman said.
The Americans had come into the last two Olympics as world champions, only to leave without the gold. But this team is the strongest the USA has ever had, officials say. After the U.S. opened with a barrage of booming vaults, everyone else was playing for silver.
“This is the best team [of] all-time,” said U.S. coach John Geddert. “Others might disagree. The ‘96 team might disagree. But this is the best team. Difficulty-wise, consistency wise, this is [the] USA’s finest.”
All of the Americans do Amanars, one of the toughest vaults in the world and they ripped off one massive one after another.
Jordyn Wieber went first and did perhaps the best one she’s ever done, scoring. Gabby Douglas went next and her vault was even better. And then came world vault champ Maroney.
On landing, she hit the mat without so much as wiggle.
The Americans led the event with a 1.7-point lead, and never looked back.
On balance beam, Douglas whipped off a series of backflips as if she was still on the ground, a look of intense concentration on her face. She had a small balance check on a leap, swaying slightly and waving her arms to steady herself, but it was a minor error. Her score of 15.233 would all but seal the gold for the Americans.
and they strutted over to floor exercise eager to close out the night with a big show.
“It’s crazy to think the U.S. hasn’t won a gold medal since ‘96,” Douglas said. “I was feeling so confident, though. You have to feel confident and believe in yourself and trust. If you can do that, everything’s going to be OK.”