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U.S. wins gold in women's eight

Updated: August 2, 2012, 6:33 PM ET
Associated Press

WINDSOR, England -- Moments before "The Star-Spangled Banner" resounded across a sun-kissed Dorney Lake, Taylor Ritzel looked at the gold medal hanging around her neck. She shook her head and took a deep breath.

Ritzel was part of the U.S. women's eight that won a second straight Olympic gold, maintaining a six-year dominance in the event. But her journey to the top of the podium was far more difficult than the victory against rival Canada on Thursday at the London Games.

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