This was the moment they had waited for their entire lives, the moment America had waited for since 1996, the moment the rest of the gymnastics world had feared as London approached: Each member of the U.S. women's gymnastics team walking slowly toward the podium, the gold medals being carried onto the floor theirs and theirs alone, American dominance in the sport now absolute.
The music from "Chariots of Fire" filled the arena. Purple lights on the pink backdrop swirled around them. And then the Americans -- after so much, and having fought so hard -- stepped to the very top of that podium and to the very pinnacle of worldwide gymnastics.
Led by a resurgent Jordyn Wieber and teammates who at every turn met their dazzling moment in time and conquered its grinding pressure, America claimed a stunning five-point win to take the team gold medal. The U.S.'s final score of 183.596 was 5.066 ahead of Russia, which won the silver medal. The Romanians took bronze.
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