gabby douglas*(Via Washington Post) – The U.S. women’s gymnastics team won its first Olympic team goldmedal since 1996 and only its second in history at the London Games, as Russia, its closest competitor, imploded on its final event.

With it, this group of American women — some are already hailing them as the Fab Five — takes its place alongside the Magnificent Seven, who won the prestigious team gold at the 1996 Atlanta Games, thanks in large part to a gutsy vault by the injured Kerri Strug.

In similar fashion, this year’s U.S. women’s gymnastics team didn’t lack for heroines.

The United States was helped throughout by a courageous performances from Gabby Douglas of Virginia Beach and a solid, selfless showing by Michigan’s Jordyn Wieber, who shook off her heartache over missing the finals for the all-around title two days earlier to deliver key scores on vault, uneven bars and floor.

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