Air superiority
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Women’s soccer final

Air superiority
U.S. forward Abby Wambach is uncontested as she leaps skyward for a header during the women’s soccer final against Japan. (Ben Curtis / Associated Press)
Nothing but net
USA Carli Lloyd, center, scores against a diving Japan goalkeeper Miho Fukumoto during the women’s soccer final match at the London 2012 Olympic Games. (Robert Ghement / European Pressphoto Agency)
Head start
U.S. midfielder Carli Lloyd, right, begins the celebration after she headed the ball past Japan goalie Miho Fukumoto in the first half of the women’s soccer final Thursday. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Elation
Team USA’s Carli Lloyd celebrates after scoring her team’s first goal against Japan during the women’s soccer final at the London 2012 Olympic  (Nic Bothma / European Pressphoto Agency)
Jubilation
U.S. teammates celebrate after midfielder Carli Lloyd, center, scored a goal against Japan during the women’s soccer final match at the London 2012 Olympic Games.  (Khaled Desouki / AFP/Getty Images)
Earning her keep
U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo, center, makes a save against Japan during the women’s soccer gold medal match.  (Andrew Medichini / Associated Press)
In the air
U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo, left, makes an acrobatic save against Japan. (Ben Curtis / Associated Press)
Head to head
Team USA’s Shannon Boxx, left, tangles with Japan’s Homare Sawa for a header during the women’s soccer gold medal match.  ( Robert Ghement / European Pressphoto Agency)
Above the fray
U.S. forward Alex Morgan, right, escapes a slide tackle from Japan’s Saki Kumagai during the women’s soccer final match. (Nic Bothma / EPA)
Hope Solo
U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo, right, stops a point-blank shot by Japan’s Yuki Ogimi during the women’s soccer final at the London 2012 Olympics.  (Lefteris Pitarakis / Associated Press)
Redemption
U.S. forward Abby Wambach, left, celebrates with teammate Shannon Boxx after beating Japan 2-1 in the women’s soccer final. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
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