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American gymnast Jordyn Wieber was crushed when she didn't qualify for the Women's All-Around competition for the 2012 Summer Olympics, due to the rule allowing only two competitors from each country to move on. Weiber wound up finishing fourth in the individual all-around with a score of 60.032, behind two of her American counterparts.
Wieber missed on one of her goals in the individual all-around, but that disappointment was quickly washed away with the sound of "The Star Spangled Banner" and the feeling of a gold medal being placed around her neck.
"The feeling was incredible," Wieber said. "To have this gold medal around your neck, it's really an indescribable feeling. It just shows how much of a team we are."
The United States team was able to pull ahead of Russia early in the competition. A big reason for the lead was due to the outstanding vault by vault specialist McKayla Maroney, scoring a 16.233.
It had been 16 years since the women's team had won Olympic gold in the team event, but thanks to Maroney's amazing vault the Americans went on to dominate the competition. Wieber drilled her own vault, scoring a 15.933.
"I said to her, 'redemption is a heck of a motivator,' and today was redemption," Wieber's long-time coach John Geddert said.
Wieber's strong vault started off a four-rotation exercise that helped propel the Americans to a gold medal, including picking up a 14.666 on the bars, the event that was part of Wieber's downfall in the individual competition that left her in tears. After the uneven bars Wieber picked up a 15 in the floor routine as the United States cruised right along.
The "Fab Five" as they've been called, went on to crush Russian with a total score of 183.596, five points more than Russia's score of 178.530 and take home the gold medal.
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For the first time since 1996 in Atlanta, Team USA has won gold in women's team gymnastics. The "Fab Five," led by Gabby Douglas and Jordyn Wieber, posted a total team score of 183.596, crushing Russia by more than five points, which finished second with a score of 178.530. Romania (176.414) took home bronze.
After Aly Raisman's floor routine, the final event for the U.S. -- and needing only to score a 10, more of a formality than anything -- Team USA stood together and watched the scoreboard as the results were officially announced and began laughing and crying, celebrating the moment. The United States' gold medal, just its second ever in the event, comes after two straight silvers in Beijing and Athens, and a bronze in Sydney.
The Americans turned in the highest team scores in vault, beam and floor (they were third on the parallel bars).
The U.S. opened on vault and posted a huge score, leading the way with a 48.132 on the strength of McKayla Maroney's 16.233. Russia was second, with a score of 46.366.
Team USA took a 1.733 point lead over China heading into the second rotation, which for the Americans, was the uneven bars. Jordyn Wieber rebound nicely from Sunday's showing with a 14.666 and no major mistakes, but the team score of 44.799 was only good for third, behind both China and Russia.
The U.S. maintained its slim advantage -- leading Russia just 92.931 to 92.532 -- heading into the third rotation, balance beam. The three Americans all posted solid scores, led by Gabby Douglas' 15.233 (Kyla Ross turned in a 15.133 and Raisman scored a 14.933)
On beam, the trio of Americans all posted strong numbers -- and avoided any falls -- to post a 45.299, the highest team score of the competition. More importantly, the results extended the U.S. lead over the Russians, giving them a 1.299-point advantage heading into the floor exercise, the final routine of the women's team final.
Russia was on the floor first and they struggled, with Anastasia Grishina scoring just a 12.466, a total that brought down their team score to 41.599. The low tallies meant the United States just needed to avoid a collapse of epic proportions on their floor routine to win Olympic gold, and they did just that.
Gabby Douglas stuck her routine to lead things off with a 15.066. Jordyn Wieber followed with one of her career best performances (15.000) and then Raisman brought it home for the U.S (15.300).
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Women's team gymnastics final, one of the marquee events of the entire 2012 Summer Olympics, is set to begin Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. London time, 11:30 a.m. ET. The event will be tape-delayed for NBC's primetime coverage (8 p.m. ET), but with the help of NBC LIve Extra, you can watch all the vaults and floor routines live using this online stream.
Team USA will be looking to earn their first gold medal in the event since Atlanta 1996, and will likely get the toughest competition from Russia, the 2012 world champions. The United States won silver in Beijing and Athens, and bronze in Sydney. As luck would have it, Russia and the U.S. are paired together for Tuesday's rotations.
The United States, comprised of Gabby Douglas, McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman, Kyla Ross and Jordyn Wieber, will begin with vault, then move on to the uneven bars and the balance beam, and then finish with the floor exercise.