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Olympic Gymnastics 2012: Aly Raisman Should Win Gold for Women's Floor Exercise

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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Amy StreiferCorrespondent IAugust 7, 2012

In today's Olympics schedule, Aly Raisman will be competing for a gold medal for Team USA during the women's floor exercise competition. Raisman faces tough competition against athletes like teammate Jordyn Wieber and Lauren Mitchell from Australia.

If all goes well for Raisman, she should be expected to clasp a gold medal around her chest after all is said and done. At only 18-years-old, Raisman is one of the best women's floor exercise competitors in the world. She is graceful, athletic and her landings are nearly perfect.

She was the 2012 U.S. floor exercise champion and received a bronze medal during her floor exercise performance at the 2011 World Championships.

Bronze isn't bad, but Raisman is shooting for gold, and she will most likely get it. The competition is fierce during this event, and Raisman will have to pull out all of the stops to land on top of the leaderboard. 

Raisman has done a lot so far at such a young age.

In 2011, she was handed out the Pearl D. Mazor Outstanding Female Jewish High School Scholar-Athlete of the Year award. The honor is given out by America's National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame to the most outstanding Jewish athlete.

Raisman turned down an offer to attend the University of Florida in order to pursue a professional career in gymnastics. If she wins gold today, the tough decision might pay off when she finds herself with a gold medal in her hands.

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