Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 5/4/14
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Gathering her young teammates before they took the floor, Aly Raisman told them this was going to be a night they'd remember for the rest of their lives, so they better make it count. Did they ever. With a performance that was part coming-out party, part coronation, the US won its third title at the world gymnastics championships on Tuesday, letting everyone know it is the team to beat next summer in London. Even runner-up Russia had to applaud the Americans, who never missed a beat despite losing Beijing Olympics captain Alicia Sacramone to an Achilles injury. "No, I'm not surprised," said Raisman, whose quiet leadership on and off the floor gave the Americans strength after Sacramone's injury. "Even though this is a really young team, we're all so prepared and we all have such a close bond. I had a feeling we were going to do really well here." And they might be even better next year. This was the first world championships for Jordyn Wieber, McKayla Maroney, Sabrina Vega and ...
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