Represented by the indomitable spirit of 18-year old Kerri Strug, who fought through the pain of an injured left foot and nailed a near-perfect vault at the Olympics Tuesday night, U.S. women's gymnastics won it's first team gold ever. A raucous crowd of 32,048 greeted the team with a standing ovation as it entered, waving flags and chanting "U-S-A."
The gymnasts didn't show any reaction, preferring to let their routines do the talking.
Their actions spoke volumes.
These images preserve that golden voice.
The United States won team gold for the first time in women's gymnastics. It's also the first time since 1952 that gymnasts from the former Soviet Union didn't win the gold when they competed. The Soviets boycotted the 1984 Los Angeles Games, when Romania won. The Mary Lou Retton-led U.S. squad took silver in '84.