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The American Flag was flying high Wednesday, as favorite U.S. Olympians Lindsey Vonn, Shani Davis and Shaun White won gold medals in their respective events.

See photos of the U.S. Olympic Gold Medalists.

Working off an injury, Vonn made history when she won the Women's Downhill, the first time an American placed first in that event. She beat teammate Julia Mancuso, who won gold in the Giant Slalom in 2006, but had been hindered by injuries ever since, reports AP.

"This is everything I've wanted and hoped for," said Vonn.

See photos of Lindsey Vonn in action!

The flamboyant White expectedly won the gold in Men's Snowboarding, using some of his signature tricks. "I just felt like I didn't come all the way to Vancouver not to pull out the big guns," White told AP. Meanwhile speed skater Davis, who didn't place in his first two events, nailed the 1,000 Meters, an event in which he holds a world record.

The Americans big win at the Olympics also managed to beat favorite "American Idol" in the ratings Wednesday night. The Olympics were seen by 30.1 million people while 18.4 million watched "American Idol," AP reports.

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