PHOTOS: United States wins Women's World Cup, beating Japan 5-2 in final. Abby Wambach celebrates with her wife.

This Is What a World Cup Champion Looks Like, America

This Is What a World Cup Champion Looks Like, America

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July 5 2015 11:02 PM

This Is What a World Cup Champion Looks Like, America

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World Cup champion Abby Wambach celebrates with her wife.

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There are so many indelible images from this Women’s World Cup final, from Carli Lloyd celebrating her hat trick, to the American eagle rejoicing after each American goal, to America’s women lifting the World Cup trophy for the first time since 1999. Perhaps most dramatic was 35-year-old all-time leading international goal scorer Abby Wambach, playing in her fourth and likely final Women’s World Cup, celebrating the victory by running to the sidelines to embrace her wife, Sarah Huffman. Here are the iconic images of one of the most entertaining and joyful finals in World Cup history.

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Three minutes into the World Cup final, Carli Lloyd celebrates the first of her three goals. It would be one of the greatest World Cup performances in history.

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Lloyd celebrates her second goal. Nice.

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Lauren Holiday also scored a banger of a goal, and also let out a banger of a celebration.

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“Are you kidding me, Carli? A World Cup final hat trick ... from midfield?”

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Tobin Heath celebrates capping off the 5–2 victory with a fifth and final goal.

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Vice President Joe Biden is a fan of all the goals.

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The eagle believed that we would win. The eagle knows all.

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This is what a World Cup medal looks like, specifically Hope Solo's.

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This is what the World Cup trophy looks like.

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This is what a World Cup champion looks like, specifically Kelley O'Hara.

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This is what the best player of the 2015 World Cup, Carli Lloyd, looks like with her Golden Ball trophy.

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This is what the best goalkeeper in the world, Hope Solo, looks like with her Golden Glove trophy.

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This is what a world champion locker room looks like.

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Abby Wambach. 'Murica.

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