London, England (Sports Network) - The U.S. women's gymnastics squad snapped a 16-year gold medal drought in London, winning the team competition in solid fashion on Tuesday.
In a style that has become typical for this deep squad, the U.S. saw all five of its gymnasts contribute to its winning score of 183.596. That pressure ended up being too much for the challenging Russia, which saw two of its performers commit costly mistakes in its final rotation on the floor exercise.
By the time the United States took its turn on the floor moments after Russia, it needed to post a combined team score over 40.300 and had three of the top performers from Sunday's qualifier on deck: Gabby Douglas, Jordyn Wieber and captain Aly Raisman.
The gold was the first in the women's team competition for the U.S. since the "Magnificent Seven," led by the likes of Kerri Strug, Shannon Miller, Dominique Moceanu and Dominique Dawes, captured the top prize in the 1996 Atlanta Games, the first ever for the women's team.
That competition, of course, featured Strug's infamous vault on a bad ankle that made her a star.
There was no such drama this time around, just a five-point victory that introduced the next batch of heroes.
Russia held on for the silver, while Romania captured bronze.