The women’s team all-around finals concluded today at the London Summer Games. Who took home the gold? Read on to find out!
It was a dramatic end to one of the most popular competitions at the Summer Olympics: One team absolutely trounced the others to take home the gold in the women’s all-around team finals. Wanna know who?
If you would rather wait until this evening to watch live coverage, read no further. Otherwise…
USA! USA! USA!
Team USA totally spanked Russia, winning the country’s first team gold since 1996. The women racked up a score of 183.596, crushing Russia’s silver-worthy score of 178.5. Romania took the bronze.
“I am saying that this team is the best,” said team director Martha Karolyi, “only because that [’96] team competed in the United States [having home field advantage].”
Reigning world champion Jordyn Wieber enjoyed a spectacular comeback after being cut from the individual competition, giving her team a clear edge with her near-flawless routines.
“I knew I had to redeem myself a little bit from the disappointment of the other day,” Wieber said. “But, in the end, this was my ultimate goal — to win with this team.”
That win left the Russians in tears. At the end of the day, they’re all just a bunch of teenage girls trying to make their dreams come true — and sadly, not all of them can.
But for Team USA, that dream is now a reality.
“It’s awesome,” said Gabby Douglas, the only American to compete in all four events, including uneven bars, the vault, balance beam and floor.
“I’m so proud of these girls. To come out on top feels amazing.”
You can watch how it all went down (and up and over and upside down) when NBC airs the women’s gymnastics all-around team finals tonight.