Aug 1, 2012; London, United Kingdom; USA fans cheer in the second half of a preliminary round group A game against Turkey during the London 2012 Olympic Games at Basketball Arena. USA defeated Turkey 89-58. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Summer Olympics, Day 6: Team USA Delivers A Memorable Thursday

All the results and recaps from Day 6 at the Summer Olympics, where Team USA added to its medal haul, making history in gymnastics, judo and swimming in the process.

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2012 Olympics, Women's Gymnastics All-Around: Gabby Douglas Takes The Gold

After playing an integral part in the U.S. winning gold in the women's team gymnastics competition on Tuesday, Gabby Douglas once again put on a show on Thursday to win the gold in the women's individual all-around. She is the third-straight American woman to win the event, coming on the heels of Carly Patterson in 2004 and Nastia Liukin in 2008. It's just the second time any country has pulled off a three-peat.

It was an incredible performance by Douglas, who led after every rotation to best Russia's Viktoria Komova and Aliya Mustafina with a total of 62.232 points. Komova needed to score a 15.360 on the floor exercise, her final rotation, but came up short with a 15.100.

Douglas set the tone for her big night in London on vault, her first rotation, scoring a 15.966 and establishing a lead she would never give up. She pulled off an attempt with a high degree of difficulty, despite a small hop than inched her toward the edge of the mat. It was the highest score of the evening on vault.

An animated GIF of the attempt that, just like the team competition, started the gold-medal evening:


After Komova closed the deficit on uneven bars, Douglas once again put on the performance of the night on balance beam. Her 15.5 score was the highest of the evening and pushed her lead to three-tenths of a point heading into the floor exercise. Her finish on the beam put the crowd at North Greenwich Arena in full roar:


Douglas carried the momentum from the beam over to floor, one of her best events. She finished off the evening with a 15.033, setting a mark that Komova could not overcome.

With the victory, Douglas became the first African-American gymnast to win all-around gold, and the first American gymnast to capture gold in both the team and individual all-around competitions. She reflected on the momentous achievement after the win:

"Oh, my gosh, I forgot about that," she said. "It's definitely an amazing feeling and great honor to be the first African-American to win. I hope I can inspire people. My mother told me that I can inspire a nation."

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Michael Phelps Beats Ryan Lochte For Gold In Men's 200m IM Final

Michael Phelps swam one last great race, beating Ryan Lochte for his 20th Olympic medal in the 200 IM.


Rebecca Soni Wins Gold For U.S., Sets Another World Record In Women's 200m Breaststroke Final

Rebecca Soni set another world record and won gold in the women's 200-meter breaststroke on Thursday.


What To Watch, Day 6: Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte And Gabby Douglas Go For Gold

What To Watch on Day 6 at the Summer Olympics, featuring a duel in the pool between Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte and American Gabby Douglas going for gold in women's individual all-around.


United States Wins Gold In Women's Eight Rowing

The United States won its second straight gold in the women's eight. South Africa and New Zealand also took home rowing gold.

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