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It took a little while but America’s initial golden girl — Shawn Johnson — finally got that gold medal she was desperately seeking. Johnson’s gold came in the balance beam exercise and she outpointed overall gold medal winner and teammate Nastia Liukin to win. The beam victory salvaged what could have been a disappointing Olympics, because while she’s won three silver medals, her sites were set on a gold rush. Her balance beam exercise was just the thing to end the golden drought.

For Liukin, who finished second to Johnson, the silver medal represents her fifth of these Olympics, tying an American record for gymnasts. However, considering the uneven bars debacle, there has to be a level of disappointment for Liukin to deal with.

Nevertheless, the Johnson/Liukin gold-silver finish culminated a successful Olympics for the women’s gymnastics team who won eight medals, despite their less-than-stellar start in the team competition.