London 2012 Olympics: Day 14

By Thomas Hall and Jane Hwang - 2012-08-10T13:58:36Z

Photograph by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

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U.S. Gymnastics Team Gold

The U.S. won its first Olympic women's gymnastics team gold medal in 16 years at the London Games, never trailing after McKayla Maroney vaulted it into a big lead.

The U.S. team scored 183.596 points, winning three of the four parts of yesterday's final at the North Greenwich Arena to finish ahead of silver-medal winner Russia and Romania. China was fourth and host nation Britain finished sixth with 170.495.

"This is my ultimate goal, to be part of this team and win that gold medal," said 17-year-old Jordyn Wieber, who told reporters she had a leg injury in the final. "Once I get on the competition floor, the pain just goes away."

It was the first gold for the Americans in the team event since the 1996 Atlanta Games, and the eighth in Olympic history. The U.S. team won silver in Beijing in 2008 and Athens in 2004. The Americans were third in the uneven bars yesterday, taking the vault, the beam and the floor competitions.