Venus Williams (USA), left, and Serena Williams (USA), right, celebrate after recording match point to win the gold medal in the doubles competition a
CAPTION: Aug 5, 2012; London, United Kingdom; Venus Williams (USA), left, and Serena Williams (USA), right, celebrate after recording match point to win the gold medal in the doubles competition against Andrea Hlavackova (CZE) and Lucie Hradeka (CZE) during the London 2012 Olympic Games at Wimbledon. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
There’s just nothing like that perfect moment — the one when you beat the entire world and take the gold medal. Several American athletes, including swimmer Matt Grevers, have experienced that true thrill of victory in the London Olympics already. Who is bringing home a gold medal for the US? MORE: Who's leading the Olympic medal count?
Men's basketball team
Members of Team USA listen to the national anthem after winning the gold medal Sunday by defeating Spain 107-100 in a rematch of the 2008 final in Beijing.
Varner won the gold medal in 96-kilogram freestyle wrestling, defeating Valerie Andriitsev of Ukraine. Coupled with Jordan Burroughs' win at 74 kg, it gave the American team multiple Olympic gold medalists in men's wrestling for the first time since 1996.
Candace Parker and the Team USA women celebrate Saturday after defeating France 86-50 to win their fifth gold medal in a row.
Women's 4-by-400-meter relay final
Francena McCorory, Allyson Felix, Sanya Richards-Ross and DeeDee Trotter of Team USA celebrate winning gold in the women's 4-by-400-meter relay final on Saturday. The victory gave Felix her third gold medal of the London games.
Here, the U.S. diver celebrates with the gold during the medal ceremony for the men's 10-meter platform diving final Saturday. It was the first gold medal in diving for the U.S. since 2000.
The United States' Jordan Burroughs gets gold in the men's 74-kg freestyle wrestling competition after tweeting a prediction that he would.
Women's 4 x 100m Relay Final
The relay team of (from left) Carmelita Jeter, Bianca Knight, Allyson Felix and Tianna Madison celebrates after setting a new world record of 40.82 seconds.
This combination of 11 photos shows United States star Ashton Eaton (being embraced by fiancee Brianne Theisen in the center frame) competing in the grueling, two-day decathlon, in which he won gold Thursday. Eaton's teammate, Trey Hardee, won silver as the US went 1-2. MORE: Who's going for gold? Find out with our daily schedule.
USA women's soccer
USA midfielder Carli Lloyd (second from left) is congratulated by teammates after scoring a goal during the women's soccer gold medal match in the 2012 London Olympic Games at Wembley Stadium.
United States' Christian Taylor competes in the men's triple jump final during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012.
USA - Women's Water Polo
Maggie Steffens #6 of United States shoots and scores a goal in the Women's Water Polo Gold Medal match between the United States and Spain on Day 13 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Water Polo Arena on August 9, 2012 in London, England.
At 17 years and 145 days, Claressa Shields (right) became the youngest boxer to win an Olympic gold since fellow American John Fields in 1924. Shields defeated Nadezda Torlopova of Russia on Thursday in the women's middleweight final at the ExCel Arena.
Misty May-Treanor & Kerri Walsh Jennings
The invincible Kerri Walsh Jennings, right, and Misty May-Treanor of the United States on Wednesday, Aug. 8, became the first three-time gold medalists in Olympic beach volleyball. MORE: Who's leading the Olympic medal count?
Allyson Felix leads Ivory Coast's Murielle Ahoure and teammate Sanya Richards-Ross to win the women's 200-meter final Wednesday, Aug. 8. Felix was timed in 21.88 seconds.
Brittney Reese won the women's long jump on Wednesday, Aug. 8 as US teammate Janay Deloach took home the bronze.
Aries Merritt, left, crosses the finish line ahead of US teammate Jason Richardson, right, and Jamaica's Hansle Parchment, center, to win gold in the men's 110-meter hurdles final Wednesday, Aug. 8. Merritt's winning time was 12.92 seconds.
Aly Raisman finished her Olympics in spectacular fashion with an individual gold on the floor exercise on Tuesday. Earlier in the day, the US captain won bronze on the balance beam after she questioned her score and was awarded an additional 0.10. MORE: Who's leading the Olympic medal count?
Jennifer Suhr catapults herself to gold in the women's pole vault in London. Suhr, who won silver at the 2008 Beijing Games, cleared 15 feet, 7 inches (4.75 meters) on her second attempt Monday to win her first gold medal. MORE: Who's leading the Olympic medal count?
Sanya Richards-Ross crosses the finish line to win gold in the women's 400-meter final on Sunday at the Olympic Stadium in London. In winning, Richards-Ross captured the first US gold in track & field at these games. MORE: Who's leading the Olympic medal count?
Venus and Serena Williams
Venus Williams (left) and Serena Williams celebrate after winning match point against Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka of the Czech Republic to win the tennis women's doubles gold medal on Sunday at the All England Club. MORE: They said what?! Keep up with all the juicy athlete tweets.
Missy Franklin, Rebecca Soni, Dana Vollmer and Allison Schmitt
The US women's 4x100-meter medley relay team members (from left) Missy Franklin, Rebecca Soni, Dana Vollmer and Allison Schmitt celebrate their gold-medal victory on Saturday, the final day of swimming at the Aquatics Centre in London. The team set a world record in winning gold. MORE: They said what?! Keep up with all the juicy athlete tweets.
Nathan Adrian, Matthew Grevers, Brendan Hansen and Michael Phelps
Medalists (from left) Nathan Adrian, Matt Grevers, Brendan Hansen and Michael Phelps celebrate their gold in the 4x100-meter medley relay. For Phelps, it was the 22nd and final medal of his career, and the 18th gold. MORE: Who's leading the Olympic medal count?
Bob and Mike Bryan
Gold medalists — and twins — Bob Bryan (left) and Mike Bryan pose after the medal ceremony of the men's doubles final. The Bryans completed a career Golden Slam by defeating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Michael Llodra of France. MORE: They said what?! Keep up with all the juicy athlete tweets.
In the most lopsided women's singles final in Olympic history, Serena Williams celebrates after defeating Maria Sharapova 6-0, 6-1 to win her first gold in singles. Williams only lost 17 games (in six matches) on her way to the title. She also joins Steffi Graf as the only women to win all four majors and Olympic gold. MORE: Did Serena go a step too far with her victory celebration?
Jamie Lynn Gray
US shooter Jamie Lynn Gray shows off her medal after the victory ceremony for the women's 50-meter three-position rifle event in which she set Olympic records. MORE: Full Olympics results.
At just 15, Katie Ledecky took the pool by storm Friday in winning gold in the 800-meter freestyle. Ledecky, the youngest member of the US team, nearly broke the world record while dominating from start to finish. MORE: They said what?! Keep up with all the juicy athlete tweets.
Another day, another gold for star Michael Phelps, who claimed his third gold of the London Games — and record 21st medal of his Olympic career — in the 100-meter butterfly on Friday. Phelps also has won gold medals in the 200 IM and with the US team in the 4x200 freestyle at these games. MORE: Fans show off their colorful Olympic pride.
Tyler Clary shocked the field, and teammate Ryan Lochte, in taking the gold in the 200-meter backstroke. Clary trained with Michael Phelps at the University of Michigan and questioned his training habits in the days leading up to the games. MORE: Who's leading the Olympic medal count?
Rebecca Soni swam to take gold in a world-record time in the women's 200-meter breaststroke final on Thursday. Soni, in her second Olympics, first set a world record in the preliminaries, then topped it in the final. MORE: Full Olympics results.
Gabby Douglas of the United States reacts after she competes on the balance beam in the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around final on Day 6 of the London 2012 Olympic Games. Douglas became the first American woman to win gold in both the team and all-around competition. VIDEO: Gabby Douglas’ all-around win brings Dominique Dawes to tears.
American Kayla Harrison (white) competes against Hungary's Abigel Joo (blue) during the women's 78kg elimination round. Harrison went on to win gold in the event. MORE: Who's leading the Olympic medal count?
Rowing - Women's Eight
The US women's eight team of Erin Cafaro, Susan Francia, Esther Lofgren, Taylor Ritzel, Meghan Musnicki, Eleanor Logan, Caroline Lind, Caryn Davies and Mary Whipple took the gold medal in the women's eight Wednesday, living up to their reputation as a team to watch. MORE: Olympic athletes are becoming stars in London. Find out what makes them tick.
Adrian added his name to the Americans to top the podium with his 100-meter freestyle win on Aug. 1. Adrian out-lunged James “The Missile” Magnussen by one-hundredth of a second — the slimmest margin possible. MORE: They said what?! Keep up with all the juicy athlete tweets.
Allison Schmitt, Shannon Vreeland, Dana Vollmer, & Missy Franklin
The trio of (from left) Vreeland, Vollmer and Franklin cheer on Schmitt as the anchor leads the Americans to a gold medal in the 4x200-meter freestyle relay final on Aug. 1. The US set an Olympic record in the race at 7 minutes, 42.92 seconds. MORE: Full Olympics results.
Armstrong turned in a gutsy ride just a few months after suffering a broken collarbone to take her second consecutive gold medal in the women's individual time trial cycling event on Aug. 1. Armstrong joins legend Greg LeMond as the only Americans to win three world championship medals. MORE: Who's leading the Olympic medal count?
Lochte was fast out of the gate in the Olympics, taking the gold medal in the men’s 400-meter IM on July 28. He also won gold with the US team in the 4x200 freestyle relay. Lochte is certainly not new to being on top of the field. He was a seven-time NCAA champion, and 24-time All-American while competing for the University of Florida. MORE: Fans show off their colorful Olympic pride.
Grevers won the gold in the 100-meter backstroke, the fourth Olympic medal of his career after taking three in Beijing in 2008. He is in London with the support of his fiance, Annie Chandler, who also attempted to make the Olympic team. MORE: See what the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, has been up to at the Olympics.
Vollmer raced to gold in the women’s 100-meter butterfly on July 29 for her second Olympic medal after also winning gold as part of a relay team in the 2004 Games. She then added a third gold to her resume on Aug. 1 as part of the US 4x200 freestyle relay team. A native of Texas, Vollmer truly is a veteran of top-notch swim competition. Her first US Olympic trials appearance came as a 12-year-old in 2000. MORE: They said what?! Keep up with all the juicy athlete tweets.
Hancock won the men’s skeet shooting gold, his second consecutive Olympic gold medal in the event. The 23-year-old is an Army sergeant — and is an old hand at winning top honors. He won his first world title when he was just 16. MORE: Fans show off their colorful Olympic pride.
Franklin charmed fans and media with her open personality and stunning talent. The 17-year-old won the gold in the 100-meter backstroke, then added two more golds in the 200 backstroke and with the US team in the 4x200 freestyle relay. She is making history as the first American woman to compete in seven Olympic events. MORE: Look back at the top moments of an incredible opening ceremony.
Rhode turned in a stellar performance to take the gold in women’s skeet shooting. She not only took the top medal, but she also etched her place in the history books. Rhode is the first American to win medals in five consecutive Olympic Games — with this being her third Olympic gold. MORE: See all the hottest action from beach volleyball.
Schmitt won the women's 200-meter freestyle by setting a new Olympic record of 1 minute, 53.61 seconds. She also won gold with the US team in the 4x200 freestyle relay. MORE: Olympic athletes are becoming stars in London. Find out what makes them tick.
Women's gymnastics team
The US women’s team entered the Olympics as the favorites and did nothing to endanger their top billing. They were stellar throughout the competition, taking the gold medal handily. It was the first gold for American women in the team competition since 1996. Meet the gold-winning team: Jordyn Wieber Gabby Douglas Aly Raisman McKayla Maroney Kyla Ross
Men's 4x200m freestyle relay team
This was a special relay swim for Michael Phelps, Conor Dwyer, Ryan Lochte and Ricky Berens. There was no dramatic finish to rival memories of the 2008 men’s 4x100-meter freestyle relay, but it was record-breaking for Phelps. The US men won gold by more than three seconds, a victory that helped Phelps become the most decorated Olympian of all time. MORE: Who's leading the Olympic medal count?