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Olympics: In a runaway, U.S. women win gymnastics gold

Jordyn Wieber, bounced out of all-around, rallies to lead team on record-setting night.

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There were questions about how the U.S. would respond to a shake-up in its power structure, whether its chemistry would suffer after Wieber’s best friend forced her out of her dream competition.

Geddert, who is also Wieber’s personal coach, said it was never a factor and that Wieber quickly recovered.

At a glance

A gymnastics rout

The U.S. women’s gymnastics team wins team gold by the largest margin in modern history.

» The Americans had not won team gold since 1996, when the “Magnificent Seven” also defeated Russia at the Atlanta Olympics.

» Two days after being knocked out of the individual all-around, defending world champion Jordyn Wieber nails her three events.

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"She had about five minutes of disappointment," he said, "and she turned it around immediately when she got to the village. It was all about today."

After Wieber and Douglas and Raisman finished on floor, the team huddled quickly together. They later said they didn’t know they had won, but there was no way they hadn’t.

They stepped back and held hands and watched the video board hanging above the arena. Wieber was breathless as Douglas craned her neck, appearing genuinely curious. Raisman’s score posted and the team erupted.

"Is it really true, is it really it?" Douglas remembered asking herself.

It wasn’t just true. It was history made. And it was, even, magnificent.

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