Gymnast Aly Raisman Wins Two Individual Medals For U.S.
The 2012 London Olympics has turned out to be quite an event for Team USA's "Fabulous Five" female gymnasts Jordyn Wieber, 17, Aly Raisman, 18, Gabby Douglas, 16, McKayla Maroney, 16, and Kyla Ross, 15, since the beginning.
The women's team as a whole and all-around gold medal winner Douglas have had their moments in the sun, and on the final day of artistic gymnastics competition, it was team captain Raisman's time to shine in the apparatus competitions. Raisman won gold on the floor exercise, becoming the first American woman to secure a gold medal in the event. Wieber finished seventh, meaning she will return to the U.S. with no individual medals — just the one gold in the team competition from last week.
But Raisman had even more to bring to the apparatus competitions. Raisman's balance beam routine initially put her in fourth place, which she and her coach, Mihai Brestyan, questioned and appealed based on the difficulty level of her performance. "I felt really good on my beam routine today," Raisman said, reports USA Today. "I'm happy that it was good enough for bronze. This day has been so crazy and really special."
Raisman had missed out on the bronze in the all-around due to a tie-breaker rule. "Finally, she gets what she deserves," said Brestyan.
The women's USA gymnastics "Fab Five" team will go home with five medals — three gold in the all-around for Douglas, floor for Raisman and team event; one silver for Maroney's vault; and one bronze for Raisman's beam.
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