Olympic Results 2012: Aly Raisman Proves She's Clutch on Final Day of Gymnastics

Brian Mazique@@UniqueMaziqueCorrespondent IIIAugust 7, 2012

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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Aly Raisman proved you can turn heartache into triumph quickly at the Olympics. Just days removed from missing out on a medal in the women's all-around by virtue of a tiebreaker, Raisman showed poise and the clutch gene on Tuesday.

She was the beneficiary of a tiebreaker to gain a bronze on the balance beam, and she was dominant in the floor exercise to take gold.

When you really put things in the proper perspective, Raisman proved herself to be one of the world's elite gymnasts. I don't mean that in a "they are all elite because they are Olympians" sort of way. I mean even among a group of Olympians, her performance in London stands out as one of the best.

She won a total of three medals, two of them gold and barely missed a fourth medal in the all-around. She was competitive in three different events, but she saved her best for last.

Her beam routine was nice, but not perfect. The difficulty of the routine was what vaulted her to the bronze, as it originally appeared she would not medal again.

The United States appealed the decision, and this time Raisman came out on the winning end of an Olympic technicality.

This time it was Romania's Catalina Ponor that was stung by the Olympic equivalent of fine print.

Raisman truly stood out in the floor exercise. She easily won the gold medal with a 15.600, again trumping Ponor who finished with a 15.200. At least this time Pojor would receive a silver medal for her performance.

It took a little over a week for Raisman to find individual Olympic glory, but she certainly delivered big time on the final day of competition.

 

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