2012 Summer Olympics

Aly Raisman Dominates Final Day of Gymnastics with Gold and Bronze Medals

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 07:  Gold medalist Alexandra Raisman of the United States poses on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Artistic Gymnastics Women's Floor Exercise final on Day 11 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 7, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistAugust 7, 2012

Finally, a tiebreaker helped rather than hurt United States gymnast Aly Raisman.

She may have ended the all-around competition in disappointment, but on Tuesday, Raisman recovered in style, winning a bronze medal on the balance beam and the coveted gold for her floor exercise routine.

Some controversy surrounded her beam routine after Raisman questioned the 14.966 score the judges gave her, leaving her in fourth place. After review, the judges bumped her up a tenth of a point, tying her with Romania's Catalina Ponor.

This time around, though, Raisman got the benefit of the doubt on the tiebreaker, earning the bronze medal since she had a higher execution score than Ponor. It was in stark contrast to the all-around competition, where a tiebreaker kept her off the medal stand and gave the bronze medal to Russia's Aliya Mustafina.

Then it was off to the floor, Raisman's bread and butter. She delivered an amazing routine, earning a staggering 15.6 score from the judges and besting Ponor (15.2) and Mustafina (14.9).

It shouldn't come as much a surprise that Raisman dominated on the floor. Her excellent routine in the team final sealed the gold medal for the U.S. women, and the image of her already beginning to cry as she landed her final pass is one of the most iconic moments of these Games.

Unfortunately, it wasn't a very good day for her teammates. Jordyn Wieber—once considered a favorite to win gold in the all-around competition—continued her disappointing individual Olympics with a seventh-place finish on the floor, while Gabby Douglas continued her performance hangover with a seventh-place finish on the beam.

But hey, Douglas won gold in the all-around—who could blame her if she's a little distracted at this point?

Ultimately, Tuesday belonged to Raisman. Like she and her teammates have done so often this Olympics, she once again made her country proud.


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