Aly Raisman got left off the podium in the individual all-around, but it shouldn't stop her from leaving London with an individual gold. Floor Routine is her best event and it's what she has qualified in for the individual apparatus competitions.
No one had a higher score than the unflappable Raisman. She was dominant in the hardest routine available and gave the United States another great chance to add to their qualifying scores. Her execution wasn't flawless, but it wound up being the top score on the floor anyway.
If she chooses to take the risk and go for the big routine in the individual event, not only will her start value give her an early edge but her all-around performance will be better due to the challenge that she faces with this routine.
What happens when there is someone who needs to score a 10.5 in her routine to win gold for her team, but averages over 15.0? She lightens her routine and ends up with a better score because she's more relaxed.
Raisman saw where the team was and chose to reduce her routine because she knew she would nail the easier one. If she can give the same level of performance here in the individual event, not only will she win a medal, she will run away with gold.
The thing that was unsettling about this part of her all-around was that she didn't take the free 0.200 that she would have gotten from doing her more difficult routine. Regardless, her performance was amazing like it always is.
The biggest problems that she faced was exhaustion from the other three events. She also had nothing but pressure on her to perform at the absolute highest level possible just to even get a shot at the medal. Even then, she still shot into a tie for third in the all-around because of her talented floor routine.
Aly Raisman will turn her losses in the individual all-around into motivation to dominate in the floor exercise individual event. Her talent in the exercise itself has been amazing, and once "Hava Nagila" plays finishes her routine, the US will have another gymnastics gold, and their captain will have the individual medal she deserves.
Scott Carasik is a Featured Columnist and Trends and Traffic Writer for Bleacher Report. As a Featured Columnist, he covers the Atlanta Falcons, NFL and NFL Draft. He is also the Falcons analyst at Drafttek and runs the NFL Draft Website ScarDraft.com and hosts Kvetching Draftniks Radio.
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