The 2012 Summer Olympics women’s gymnastics team finals were a fight to the finish after three rotations. Going into the floor exercise, which was the last apparatus for both the U.S. and Russia, the scores went U.S. 138.230, Russia 136.931, Romania 131.414, China 130.164.
The 1.3 point differential between the U.S. and Russia could have been easily made up by the Russians if the U.S. struggled with going out of bounds on the floor the way they did on the qualifying day.
But that was not the case. Gabby Douglas, Jordyn Wieber and Aly Raisman went out and performed the floor exercises of their lives, earning 15.066, 15.000 and 15.300, respectively.
The Russians, in turn, had a rather disastrous final rotation. Ksenia Afanaseva had a fall on her last tumbling pass and Anastasia Grishina had a huge fall on her second pass that actually resulted in her not completing the pass. It was a shame not to see the Russians put forth their best and see how they stacked up.
However, the victory is still sweet for the U.S. women. After Gabby and Jordyn’s big scores, Aly only needed a 10.3 to secure gold for the U.S. She knew she had nailed it and started crying as she finished her floor routine, earning five points more than she needed.
The U.S. women held hands as they awaited Aly’s official score (pictured above) and then it was big hugs all around (below). The final standings ended up U.S. gold (183.596), Russia silver (178.530) and Romania bronze (176.414).