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Team USA (L-R) McKayla Maroney, Jordyn Wieber, Gabrielle Douglas, Alexandra Raisman, and Kyla Ross victorious on medal stand after winning Women's Team All-Around Final gold medal at North Greenwich Arena. London, United Kingdom 7/31/2012 CREDIT: Peter Read Miller (Photo by Peter Read Miller /Sports Illustrated/Getty Images)

Team USA (L-R) McKayla Maroney, Jordyn Wieber, Gabrielle Douglas, Alexandra Raisman, and Kyla Ross victorious on medal stand after winning Women’s Team All-Around Final gold medal at North Greenwich Arena. London, United Kingdom 7/31/2012 CREDIT: Peter Read Miller (Photo by Peter Read Miller /Sports Illustrated/Getty Images)

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The U.S. women’s gymnastics team is the Olympic champion for the first time since 1996.  The American squad of Gabby Douglas, Jordyn Wieber, Aly Raisman, Kyla Ross and McKayla Maroney won the gold medal in team competition.

The “Fab Five” were first in the preliminary round and went on to win the first U.S. women’s team gold since the Kerri Strug-led “Magnificent Seven” at the Atlanta Games.

Russia committed costly mistakes in its final rotation on the floor exercise and settled for silver.  Romania finished third to win bronze.

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