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After a slow day yesterday, things picked right back up again for the U.S.

On the final day of gymnastics, it was a medal rush, with Simone Biles winning gold (her fourth of the Games) and Aly Raisman taking silver in floor exercise, and Danell Leyva grabbing two silvers, in parallel bars and horizontal bar?after he was originally only an alternate for the Olympic team.

Over at the track and field stadium, Christian Taylor successfully defended his triple jump gold, while teammate Will Claye got silver?and then successfully proposed to his girlfriend! Jenny Simpson became the first American woman to medal in the 1500m when she sprinted home for bronze.

Caleb Paine?s bronze in the men?s Finn at the sailing regatta was America?s first sailing medal since 2008.

Sarah Hammer won her fourth career medal (a silver) in the track cycling women?s omnium.

The U.S. women?s basketball team had a tight first half with Japan but pulled away in the second half to win 110-64 and advance to the quarterfinal against France/Canada.

The U.S. women?s indoor volleyball team defeated Japan, 3-0, to advance to the semifinals against Serbia.

And unfortunately, Kerri Walsh Jennings suffered her first ever Olympic loss in beach volleyball, as her and April Ross lost to Brazil?s #2 team in straight sets. Walsh Jennings struggled with her passing all day, while the Brazilians were near flawless. They now get Brazil?s #1 team for the bronze medal, a tall task.
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The American medal rush continued today.

At the track & field stadium, golds were to be had by long jumper Tianna Bartoletta who jumped a personal best in pulling the upset over defending champion, and fellow American, Brittney Reese, who took silver.

In the women?s 100m hurdles, there was an American sweep as Brianna Rollins coasted to victory ahead of teammates Nia Ali and Kristi Castlin.

Tori Bowie scored her second medal of the Games with a bronze in the 200m despite slipping out of the blocks.

Former University of Wisconsin athlete Evan Jager ran to an impressive silver in the 3000m steeplechase.

The Americans (including Milwaukee-born Beezie Madden) placed second in the equestrian team jumping event for their first equestrian medal since Beijing.

Kerri Walsh-Jennings and April Ross got a little revenge as they won the bronze medal in three sets over top-ranked Brazilians Larisa and Talita on the beach.

The U.S. women?s water polo team defeated Hungary, 14-10, to advance to the gold-medal match where they will attempt to defend their title against Italy.

The U.S. men?s indoor volleyball team continued their winning ways, sweeping world champion Poland to advance to the semifinals against Italy.
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Another banner day for the U.S. in Rio...if you're not a couple of swimmers that is.

On the track and in the field we saw Kerron Clement storm to gold in the 400m hurdles, Ryan Crouser and Joe Kovacs go 1-2 in shot put, Ashton Eaton winning his second decathlon gold in a row tying the Olympic record along the way and Delilah Muhammad becoming the first American woman to win the 400m hurdles. Ashley Spencer scored a bronze in that race.

There was an interesting incident in the women's 4x100 prelims when Allyson Felix was bumped by a Brazilian runner as she was making an exchange and dropped the baton, and the U.S. finished in last place. The U.S. lodged a protest, and it was successful, but instead of being passed to the final as the ninth qualifier, since Rio only has 8 full lanes around the track (unlike previous Olympic tracks that had 9), the U.S. had to run a heat by themselves to post a time. They did and ran a 41.77, which was the top time and thus bumped eighth place China out of the final. Just bizarre.

Usain Bolt won his third consecutive 200m dash by 0.24 over Canada's Andre De Grasse. Only the relay stands between him and going 9 for 9 on golds.

Helen Maroulis became the first American woman to win a wrestling gold when she defeated a Japanese opponent who was the three-time defending Olympic champion, and had won 13 straight world championships to boot.

The. U.S. women's basketball team defeated France, 86-67, and advance to the gold medal game against Spain.

Unfortunately, the top-ranked U.S. women's volleyball team fell in five sets to Serbia, and will play the Netherlands for the bronze.
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The U.S. got golds today from women's water polo, Connor Fields (men's BMX) and the women's 4x100 relay team, where Allyson Felix became the most decorated American female T & F athlete with 8 medals.

Silvers were picked up by Sandi Morris (women's pole vault) and Alise Post (women's BMX).

The U.S. men's indoor volleyball team blew a 2-1 lead against Italy and now will face Russia for the bronze.

Wrestler Jordan Burroughs lost in the quarterfinals, which was just his third loss at the international level...and then he was shockingly routed in the wrestlebacks and finishes without a medal. He came in almost a lock to be on the podium.

And the sad state of men's sprinting continues for the U.S. as they were DQ'd for an illegal pass in the 4x100 relay after finishing third behind Jamaica and Japan...yes, Japan. Usain Bolt completes the triple-triple (depending on the Nesta Carter case, after Carter failed a re-test from Beijing, thus putting their relay gold from '08 in jeopardy).
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Today started off well for Team USA, and only got better as the day went on.

Waukesha South graduate and University of Wisconsin alum Gwen Jorgensen took the gold in convincing fashion in the women's triathlon, avenging a tough showing in London when she was undone by a flat tire.

The women's volleyball team defeated the Netherlands, 3-1, to claim bronze.

The women's basketball team routed Spain to capture their sixth straight gold medal.

On the final day of track and field, the U.S. got a stunning gold from Matthew Centrowitz in the 1500m (the first American to win this event since 1908), and both the men's and women's 4x400 relay teams also won golds.

In the men's 5000m, Britain's Mo Farah completed the double-double. Initially Paul Chelimo of the U.S. won silver, but was then disqualified for stepping off the track, only to be reinstated to second place 30 minutes later.

In boxing, Shakur Stevenson lost a tough decision in the bantamweight gold medal bout, but his silver is the best finish for an American male boxer since 2004.

Jackie Galloway in women's taekwondo and wrestler J'den Cox fought back to earn bronzes.

In men's platform diving, defending champion David Boudia was in position for a silver, but a poor last dive relegated him to bronze.
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The United States wrapped up a very successful 2016 Summer Olympics with a few more medals on the final day of competition.

Boxer Claressa Shields defended her gold medal in dominating fashion, while 20-year old Kyle Snyder became the youngest American to win gold in wrestling.

The U.S. men's volleyball team came back from two sets down to defeat Russia, and win the bronze medal. Not bad for a team that started off the Olympics with two brutal losses.

Galen Rupp, running only his second marathon ever (first was the U.S. trials), took bronze.

And finally, after some nervy moments in pool play, the U.S. men's basketball team finished off a stellar medal round by routing Serbia, 96-66, to capture their third straight gold medal. Kevin Durant led the way with 30 points.

The United States finished with 121 medals in Rio (46 gold, 37 silver, 38 bronze), most by any country since 1988 (Soviet Union), and the most for the U.S. in a non-boycotted Games since 1904.

Next up: Pyeongchang, South Korea for the 2018 Winter Olympics. See you then!
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