Golden Girls: U.S. Women’s 8

See the joy as the U.S. Women's 8 rowing team once again claims gold.

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The U.S. Women's Eight featuring Abington, Pa.'s Susan Francia (second from left) and New Jersey transplant Caroline Lind (second from right) earned their second-straight Olympic gold medal as they cruised to victory on the water.
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Francia and teammate Esther Lofgren sum up the emotion of winning gold.
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The U.S. won by more than a second over Canada.
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The women's team definately made a splash.
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The win continued the United State's nearly sevenr-year undefeated streak.
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It also earned second golds fo Lind and Francia.
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Many of the members of the team were also on the 2008 gold medal squad.
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After the Netherlands received bronze and Canada got silver, it was time for the United States to get their medals.
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Francia was one of the most emotional members of the team during the ceremony.
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The Star-Spangled Banner
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Smiles all around with an Olympic medal around the neck.
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All the medalists pose.
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Francia kisses her gold medal.
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And, following tradition, coxswain Mary Whipple got a dip in the water care of her taller teammates.
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Whipple tried to prepare for it.
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At least she covered her eyes.
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Splashdown!
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Hugs all around.
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The ladies walk off the medal stand but the celebration isn't over.
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There's always time for a victory lap.
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