USA Gymnastics: The Story of Aly Raisman's Olympic Games in 10 Photos
Aly Raisman has had a whirlwind of an Olympic journey.
Take a look at Raisman's Olympic experience thus far through photographs.
The 18-year-old team captain was in Jordyn Wieber and Gabby Douglas' shadow. Then she was the big surprise and U.S. all-around leader, then she helped boost Team USA to the gold medal and then she narrowly missed the all-around podium.
Here's a look at Wieber's Olympic experience through photos.
For the majority of Aly Raisman's senior gymnastics career, she has fallen short to the other American gymnasts.
This photo is from the 2010 Visa Championships where Rebecca Bross took first, Mattie Larson took second and Raisman in third. None of the four other members of the 'Fab Five' were eligible for senior competition during this meet.
Raisman repeatedly took third to Gabby Douglas and Jordyn Wieber once the duo was old enough for senior competition.
Unleash the Floodgates
Raisman has always been considered an emotional person, often gushing with tears of joy.
She was one of the first of the women to burst into tears after being named to the U.S. Olympic Team after the U.S. trials. This photo is when the women were announced on television. The only gymnast who didn't cry was Kyla Ross.
Taking over Leadership
Aly Raisman and Nastia Liukin embrace during the U.S. Olympic trials.
When Liukin along with Raisman's training partner, Alicia Sacramone, failed to qualify for the Olympic team, Raisman took over as the leader and team captain.
This photo is from a November photo shoot to drum up excitement for the Olympic Games. Raisman had her goals set on London for a long time.
Here's a shot from one of the training days in London before the Games. Raisman, as captain, was always focused on team gold.
An Astounding Moment
Aly Raisman was completely focused on qualifying for the floor finals during the preliminary competition on July 29.
She didn't even know she qualified for the all-around finals until her coach Mihai Brestyan told her.
With Success Comes Drama
The big story was not Raisman qualifying for the all-around finals, but the fact that she edged out teammate, best friend and favorite Jordyn Wieber.
Raisman had the best score of all Americans in the all-around during prelims. She took second overall. Gabby Douglas and Wieber were right behind her in third and fourth.
The five youngsters made history and achieved their main goal: the team gold medal, something which had not been accomplished by USA since 1996.
There was not as many waterworks during this moment as I expected.
A Fourth-Place Finish
Raisman and Douglas were the two Team USA competitors in the all-around.
Douglas made history and won the all-around gold, but Raisman was left off the medal stand after tying for bronze and losing the tiebreaker.
It's Not over
This photo helps convey Raisman's focus and confidence which has shown throughout the process. She still has to more opportunities to win a medal, as she competes in the beam finals and floor finals. Her best shot at gold is in the floor, which is her top routine.