Team USA & Varner earn gold on last day of Olympics

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Team USA & Varner earn gold on last day of Olympics

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USA's Jake Varner defeated Valerie Andriitsev of Ukraine 1-0, 1-0 to win gold in men's 96-kilogram freestyle wrestling. Coupled with Jordan Burroughs' win in the 74 kilograms two nights ago, it gave the American team multiple Olympic gold medalists in men's wrestling for the first time since 1996.


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The Americans were the favorites heading into the Gold Medal Game, but Pau Gasol and the Spanish Team made Kobe Bryant and Chris Paul fight for their 107-100 victory. It is the second straight Gold medal for the American team. The Americans led by just one at the end of the first half and they couldn’t build their lead at all during the third quarter. The Americans found their stride in the fourth however and were able to build a small lead thanks to the 3-point shooting of Kevin Durant and Chris Paul. Durant led the team with 30 points and Bryant finished the night with 17 points for the Americans. Pau Gasol of the L.A. Lakers kept the Spanish team in the game with 24 points.

With the 2012 Olympics now over, the United States proved to be the ultimate winner with 104 overall medals and earning the most gold medals with 46. China came in second with 87 medals and Russia finished third with 82 medals. The host Great Britain came in fourth with 65 medals.


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