U.S. Women’s Gymnastics Breaks Gold Medal Curse

July 31, 2012 By:

Get excited America. The U.S. women’s gymnastics team is coming in strong. And by strong, I mean gold!

For the first time since 1996, the girls in red white, and blue took home a gold medal for their performance in gymnastics. Their impressive showing put them a whole five points above the Russians.

Team USA has lived up to their hype, scoring a total of 183.596 points. As the second place Russian ladies wept on the sidelines, the USA girls cheered, clapped and held up index fingers for “number one” for the cameras.

“USA! USA! USA!” the crowd cheered around them.

Coming in at third were the Romanians.

Some are already calling the USA girls the “Best Gymnastics Team in the World.”

They started off strong with the first event on the vault. Each team member did Amanars, a vault with a difficulty of 6.5. McKayla Maroney soared the highest of all, but still managed to stick a clean landing. The bold moves launched them in front of Team Russia by 1.7 points.

Russia wasn’t giving up, though. After a strong showing on the uneven bars, they were within four-tenths of the number one spot.
But USA hit back on the balance beam. Despite Gabby Douglas’ shakiness in the event so far this summer, she scored a solid 15.233, which sealed USA’s victory overall.

The Americans held on through the floor competition as Russia struggled to keep up. The final performance was given by USA team captain Aly Raisman.

Mihai Brestyan was overwhelmed with joy and pride. As Raisman made her way back to the team, she fell into their arms, breaking down.

It was clear before the score came up… This year belonged to America.