Aly Raisman Individual All-Around: USA Star Didn't Need Medal to Validate Skills

Austin GreenCorrespondent IAugust 2, 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 didn't win a medal in the women's individual all-around competition, but that doesn't diminish the young gymnast's wonderful performance at the 2012 London Olympics.

Raisman finished fourth in the all-around competition, losing out to Russia's Aliya Mustafina on a minor technicality. The two finished tied for bronze with 59.566 points, but since Mustafina had higher execution and difficulty scores on her top three apparatuses, she was awarded the bronze.

This was certainly a disappointing development for Raisman, who beat Mustafina in three of the four events (vault, beam, floor exercise). However, the fact that she went medal-less in the individual competition doesn't take away from her incredible display in London.

The 18-year-old wasn't even seen as the second-best gymnast on her own team heading into the Games, but she immediately proved that on any given day, she can be the best in the world.

Raisman was brilliant in the qualifying rounds, notching an insane score of 60.391. That was better than her more high-profile teammates, Gabby Douglas and Jordyn Wieber, and second only to all-around silver-medalist Viktoria Komova of Russia.

In the team competition, Raisman was excellent once again. She posted a 15.300 in the floor exercise, the highest score of any competitor, and placed seventh on the beam to help her team win gold.

All that foreshadowed a strong performance from Raisman in the all-around competition, and she didn't disappoint. She finished in the Top 10 in all four events, including second-place finishes on the vault and floor exercise.

Sure, she didn't win an individual medal, but Raisman was consistently great throughout the Olympics, and anybody who thinks she disappointed in London is flat out wrong.