Women's team sports dominate the day at the Olympics
It was a good day for U.S. women at the Olympics. Both the soccer and water polo teams had hard-fought battles, but both ended up achieving their dreams.
Women's team sports turned golden Thursday as both the U.S. women's water polo and soccer teams claimed their Olympic titles.
For the soccer team, the game was especially personal because of their loss to the same team at last year's World Cup final. Japan won that one, but this time, the Americans pulled out the win.
"Carli Lloyd scored early in both halves, Hope Solo leaped and dived to make saves, and the entire roster found the redemption it had been seeking since that penalty kick shootout loss in Germany last summer," said ESPN.
Wembley Stadium held over 80,000 people for the game. President Obama wasn't in attendance but showed his support for the team after the game.
"Congrats to the U.S. women's soccer team for a third straight Olympic gold. So proud," he posted on Twitter.
According to ESPN, the U.S. women's soccer team has won four of the five titles since the sport was introduced to the Olympics in Atlanta in 1996.
The U.S. team beat Japan 2-1 today in London. Canada won the bronze, with France coming in fourth.
In another team sport, the U.S. women's water polo team is also going home with a gold.
The team was in the gold-medal match against Spain, and at halftime had the lead at 5-2.
They ended up winning the game 8-5.
"I am speechless. It still hasn't sunk in," U.S. captain Brenda Villa told the Associated Press. "I can’t describe it. It's the end of a journey, and I got my fairy-tale ending."
According to the Associated Press, this is the women's team's first gold medal in the sport. In 2004 they won the bronze, and in 2000 and 2008 they took home the silver.
Not only was this game the U.S. women's first water polo gold medal ever, it is the first time the country has won a gold in the sport since the men's team won the medal in 1908, according to Reuters. They also said that it is Spain's first medal in water polo since 1996.
There are only a few days of Olympics left, and it looks like there are plenty of gold medals coming home to the U.S. A few more will be decided before the Closing Ceremony on Sunday.