US Women’s Olympic Medal Summary: Day 4 - SPOILER ALERT
The London 2012 Olympics are only four days old, and have already provided enough dramatic storylines for the entire US women’s team and their fans.
Earlier today, the US women’s gymnastics team won gold defeating Russia 183.596 to 178.530. It was the team’s first Olympic gold since the Atlanta games in 1996, and only the second gold medal for US Women’s Gymnastics overall.
The five-woman “Fab Five” team consisted of Aly Raisman, 18, Jordyn Wieber, 17, Gabby Douglas, 16, Kyla Ross, 15, and McKayla Maroney, 16. The Russians finished with silver, and Romania picked up the bronze.
Take the breaking news about our gymnastics squad, and add it to the fact that the US women’s soccer team finished with a 3-0 record in the first round of play, shooter Kim Rhode secured her fifth consecutive gold medal, and swimmer Dana Vollmer dramatically scored her gold medal, and a world record breaking finish, in the 100m fly final… the ladies clearly brought it across the pond and intend to leave an indelible mark in England.
Here’s a summary of how the women of the US Olympics team are placing so far:
Skeet Shooter Kim Rhode, 33, won the gold medal in women’s event on Sunday, making her the first American to take an individual-sport medal in five consecutive Olympics.
Swimmer Allison Schmitt, 22, leads all US female medal winners with three – she picked up the gold in the 200m freestyle, a silver in the 400m freestyle, and a bronze as anchor of the 400m relay, along with Missy Franklin, 17, Jessica Hardy, 25, and Lia Neal, 17.
Swimmer Missy Franklin has two total, a gold in the 100m backstroke and a bronze in the relay.
Swimmer Dana Vollmer, 24, won gold and set a world record of 55.98 seconds in the 100m fly, despite losing her swim cap midway through the race.
Swimmer Rebecca Soni, 25, won silver in the 100m breaststroke, finishing only .08 seconds behind the leader.
Swimmer Elizabeth Beisel, 19, won silver in the 400m individual medley.
Divers Kelci Bryant, 23, and Abigail Johnston, 22, secured a silver medal in the women’s synchronized 3m diving, the first US Olympic medal in the sport.
Swimmer and fan favorite, Natalie Coughlin, 29, won bronze after she swam in the preliminaries of the 400m relay. Unfortunately, she was replaced for the final. The bronze makes this the 12th medal for Coughlin in Olympic competition, tying her with Dara Torres and Jenny Thompson with the most medals in women’s swim history.
Judo champ Marti Malloy won bronze after competing in the 57-kilogram division.
Swimmer Amanda Weir, 26, won bronze in the 4 x 100m relay.