Aly Raisman: Screwed Out of Bronze Medal?

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The entire country is talking about Gabby Douglas today and for good reason: the 16-year old became the first African-American female to win the all-around gymnastics title yesterday.

But there's also buzz surrounding Aly Raisman, an 18-year old from the Boston suburbs who many believe deserved a spot on the medal podium alongside her U.S. teammate. Here's why:

On the Bars

Raisman finished the four events - vault, uneven bars, balance beam and floor - in a tie with Aliya Mustafina. Both competitors earned a total of 59.566 points from the judges, with Raisman garnering a HIGHER score on three of those four exercises.

HOWEVER, Mustafina scored better when adding together the top three events by each gymnast. (The worst score by each was dropped.)

So, in essence, because Mustafina was a lot better than Raisman in one event (the bars, 16.1 to 14.333), she earned the Bronze Medal... even though Raisman was better in every single other event.

Follow along? It seems to be unnecessarily confusing. Two competitors scored the same number of points. Can't they each win the Bronze? Or, considering this is dubbed the all-around competition, shouldn't that prize go to the better all-around athlete?

What do you think? Was Aly Raisman screwed over by the system?

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