On the final arrow, the U.S. lost Olympic gold in men's team archery.
No matter - the Americans were still thrilled to win the first U.S. medal at the London Games.
Italy topped the trio of Brady Ellison, Jacob Wukie and Jake Kaminski by one point on Saturday for the team gold, while South Korea took the bronze.
''I wasn't disappointed that we got a silver. I was, on the inside, very, very ecstatic that we became Olympic medalists,'' Ellison said. ''The more it's around my neck, I mean, this thing has some weight to it. It sets in. We are Olympic medalists - and it doesn't matter the color.''
Michele Frangilli, Marco Galiazzo and Mauro Nespoli hugged and raised their hands in celebration after the final arrow from Frangilli beat the Americans 219-218 at Lord's Cricket Ground. The gold was Italy's first ever in the event.
Frangilli, who was part of a team bronze in 1996 and won silver in Sydney four years later, called the final a ''very hard fought'' match.
''I have been chasi...