Women's gymnastics: Gabby Douglas leads U.S. women to gold medal; Russians falter

us-womens-gymnastics-gold-medal.jpgU.S. women's gymnastics brought home a gold medal in the team competition for the first time since Kerri Strug stuck her famous one-footed vault in 1996 in Atlanta. This time, the big leader for the team was Gabby Douglas, who was the only gymnast for the U.S. to perform on all four apparatuses.

But the rest of the women were also at the top of their game. McKayla Maroney, whose only job it was to vault, landed a vault that the gymnastics commentators (and teammate Aly Raisman) thought should have been scored a perfect 16.5. Video is below, it's the best vault we have ever seen done.

And Raisman and Jordyn Wieber were stone cold on the floor exercise. Add in solid, beautiful routines by Kyla Ross on the bars and beam and the U.S. sailed to victory. The victor was aided a bit by the Russian women, who had bobbles on the vault and beam and some big mistakes on the floor exercise.

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In fact, Russia fell so far behind that Aly Raisman's floor exercise only needed 10.3 points to clinch the gold -- Raisman ended up with a 15.3. She knew she clinched the gold as she finished her floor routine, starting to tear up before she even ended her final elements.

The women held hands as they awaited Aly's official score and then it was tears and hugs all around. A dominant performance indeed by the U.S. women, congratulations to the Fab Five.

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