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China failed to medal as the U.S. Women's Gymnastics took the Team gold!

After a series of stunning performances, the U.S. Women win their first team medal since 1996. Aly Raisman was crying tears of joy before she even got off the final apparatus. The U.S. team score was 183.596, nearly five points ahead of the silver medal, a solid victory for the American girls.

Russia took silver, Romania took bronze, and the US Women took the cake as far as celebration tears go.

Way to go, Team USA Gymnastics!

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Men's Gymnastics provided London 2012's first edge-of-your-seat upset.

Thanks to back-to-back spectacular floor routines, Great Britain fought its way up to second place in the rankings behind China, while the Ukraine came in third. This marks the first time Team GB Men's Gymnastics had ever made it to the playoffs, let alone been in contention for a team medal.

Japan's Kohei Uchimura needed to score more than a 13.5 on the pommel horse to secure a spot for Team Japan in the top 3. Uchimura is currently ranked as the #1 gymnast in the world. After initially scoring a 13.4, missing out on third place by only THREE TENTHS OF A POINT, the stadium errupted into cheers as Team GB had won the silver medal.

Team Japan challenged the score, and after five excruciating minutes, the judges rewarded Uchimura and Team Japan a higher score. The stadium errupted into boos and cheers, and all teams looked deeply affected.

Ukraine had now lost a medal, Team GB was now in third, and Japan had scored the silver medal.

TLDR: Drama over the score of the #1 Gymnast in the world led to a shakeup of medal results, Great Britain won their first in Men's Team Gymnastics (in the modern Olympics), Ukraine got bumped down to fourth, China won gold.

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Recaption

Oh hey there, Danell Leyva. You can artfully pose for me anytime you want.

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It's day two of the Artistic Gymnastics Competition, and like their male counterparts, the American ladies dominated the field, walking away with a first place spot leading into the Team Finals. Despite their first place finish, the big story for Team USA Gymnastics is still Jordyn Wieber not qualifying for the All-Arounds.

Britain's Beth Tweddle was a major standout individually today, nailing an insanely difficult Uneven Bar routine and walking away with a score of 16.133. Amazing!

Team GB also makes waves by securing a spot for their ladies in the finals as well, continuing yesterday's huge upset by edging their spot over Team Japan. Japan has dominated International Gymnastics for years - a fifth place spot for both their men's and women's teams is definitely out of the ordinary.

Be sure to come back tomorrow (7/30) as we cover the Men's Team Final!

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For Americans this has become the year of defending champions not performing to expectations. World-class gymnast Jordyn Wieber was edged out by her two teammates in the all-around performance, missing the finals by four-tenths of a point.

In 2011 Wieber defeated Russian super-gymnast Viktoria Komova in the all-around, making this Olympiad a much-anticipated rematch. Now the defending-champ will have to watch from the sidelines as her teammates advance on.

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HOLY CRAP.

For the first time in the modern Olympics, Great Britain's Men's Gymnastics Team has qualified for the finals. Great Britain's lads took SECOND behind the US.

SECOND.

For you Americans, this is the equivalent of the Detroit Lions making the playoffs. It's that big of a deal.

This is completely unprecedented and a total shock considering that Japan and China ended up 5th and 6th. Japan has been vying for a medal for years, and finally has a shot through the athletic genius that is Kohei Uchimura. Today was a rough day for the East, but a spectacular day for Team GB Gymnastics.

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Danell Leyva and John Orozco proved their talent by stealing the top two spots in the All-around, knocking World Champion Kohei Uchimura to the third slot. Uchimura's uncharacteristic falls on high bar and pommel horse let Leyva and Orozco swoop in to overtake the World Champion. This competition marks the first time Uchimura has been defeated in an all-around competition in four years. FOUR YEARS.

Although in the US the emphasis is often placed on Women's Gymnastics, the team this year is favored for multiple gold medals.

In another surprising finish, Great Britain's Men's Gymnastics Team finished ahead of Japan at the end of the day. Britain has never really been considered a powerhouse for Gymnastics, but this year may prove to be an upset.