Two days after Jordyn Wieber’s tears melted every American sports fan around, the U.S. rebounded by capturing their first gold medal in women’s gymnastics since 1996. With a score of 183.596, the Americans absolutely obliterated both the Russians and Romanians – who finished with the silver and bronze medals, respectively.
How dominant was the U.S. en route to victory? Very. As noted by ESPN, only three of the team’s 12 scores were lower than 15.0; conversely, the second-place Russian team couldn’t muster up more than a single 15+ in their final showings.
"The feeling was incredible," Wieber said afterwards. "To have this gold medal around your neck, it's really an indescribable feeling."
The American women weren’t the only ones who etched their names in the record books today, though. Michael Phelps, the hero of the 2008 Olympics and one of the most recognizable athletes in the world, officially became the most decorated Olympian ever with a silver medal in the 200-meter butterfly and then a gold in the 4x200. The two wins took his medal count to 19 – most ever.
With today's victories, Phelps passed Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina on the all-time count. Latynina won 18 medals between 1956 and 1964.
ESPN breaks down all of today’s historic events in the video below.
And WSJ tackles the women's gymnastics team: