Our purple-clad women's lineup pulled off the unthinkable in the team final (technical infractions to an opposing team notwithstanding) and snatched a third place podium finish with 110.335 in front of a parochial California crowd. The Aussie flag was finally out of the box and raised to the rafters. It was sweet redemption after a shaky showing in the qualification round.
Belinda Archer, Jacqui Dunn, Danielle Kelly, Stephanie Moorhouse, Monette Russo, and Allana Slater (honourable mention to an injured Lisa Skinner) completed the four rotations commendably, finishing on beam to book a bronze medal spot while the crowd roared for their home country heroes on floor. Russo would go on to finish right behind Slater in the all-around final's top 13 placegetters, and compete alongside the world's best in the balance beam apparatus final. Two standout routines that cemented the team bronze can be viewed below, Russo's floor and Slater's beam. Solid, solid, solid!