US Olympic Gymnastics Team 2012: Aly Raisman Will Claim Medal in Individuals

Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIIAugust 3, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 02:  Alexandra Raisman of the United States looks on in the Artistic Gymnastics Women's Individual All-Around final on Day 6 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 2, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Aly Raisman had her heart broken on Thursday, but on August 7 she will have her time on the podium. She will compete in the finals for the balance beam and the floor exercise.

She has a legitimate chance to medal in both, but her best shot is undoubtedly in the floor.

Raisman's routine has a significantly high level of difficulty. The tumbling pass she executes at the outset of her routine is formidable.

If she nails it and stays away from other costly errors, she should earn a medal.

She scored a 15.133 on the floor in the all-around, and that was the main reason she was in contention.

Raisman's score was the second-highest in the all-around competition. She had bested that mark in the team competition when she scored a 15.300.

She faltered badly on the balance beam, an event she had generally been much better than her performance depicted in the all-around.

She was only able to produce a 14.200, and that wasn't enough to surpass Russian gymnast Aliya Mustafina.

Losing out on her chance to medal in the all-around definitely stings. The fact that she missed out in a tiebreaker has to dig at her even more. But all is certainly not lost.

On August 7, her closest competition figures to come from Sandra Izbasa of Romania. She finished a distant second to Raisman in the individual qualifying round.

Raisman has five whole days to shake off the ill effects of missing out on all-around gold.

I predict that will be enough, and she will add her own contribution to Team USA's medal count.


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