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Aly Raisman has ceded much of the attention to teammate Gabby Douglas at the London Olympics, but undoubtedly emerged as a star in her own right.

The 18-year-old from Massachusetts hoped to secure not one, but two individual medals in the final day of gymnastics. Was she able to achieve that?

Find out below ...

Raisman

She did! Raisman nailed her floor exercise routine to win the gold medal, scoring a 15.6 and easily topping silver medalist Catalina Ponor of Romania (15.2).

Russia's Aliya Mustafina took the bronze (14.9). Jordyn Wieber was seventh.

"It was the best routine I've ever done," Raisman said afterward. "My coach [Mihai Brestyan] said it was the best routine he'd ever seen me do."

The floor exercise is her strongest event. Less expected was Aly Raisman's bronze medal not much more than an hour earlier in the balance beam.

She initially finished fourth, but took the bronze after winning an appeal with the judges and then a tiebreaker with Ponor. Congratulations, Aly!!

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Americans Aly Raisman and Gabby Douglas gave it their all on the balance beam at the London Olympics today. Did either come away with a medal?

Find out below if you want to know before it airs tonight ...

Aly Raisman and Gabby Douglas

As the final competitor of the event, Aly Raisman earned a bronze, but not until her score was adjusted amid controversy and she won a tie-breaker.

The very same one that screwed her out of a bronze earlier in the Olympics, as fate would have it. So what the heck happened on the balance beam?

Chinese gymnasts Deng Linlin and Sui Lu had posted scores of 15.6 and 15.5, virtually assuring themselves of silver and gold medals, respectively.

Romania's Catalina Ponor was third at 15.066, a score Aly Raisman had a good shot at beating. She came just up short, however, at 14.966.

The U.S. quickly put in an inquiry regarding the degree of difficulty score awarded to Aly and after the judges conferred, they raised it by 0.1.

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by Hilton Hater at . Comments

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?

 

by Hilton Hater at . Comments

Gabby Douglas just made history in London.

The 16-year old became the first African-American female gymnast to win Gold in the all-around individual competition.

Champion!

Leading the entire way, Douglas finished with 62.232 points, out-earning Russia's Victoria Komova (61.973). Aly Raisman of the U.S. actually finished tied for third, but did not medal due to a tiebreaker that gave the edge to Aliya Mustafina based on "execution.

A near-fall on the balance beam likely cost Raisman a spot on the podium, but we're sure her excitable parents are still very proud.

Earlier in the week, Douglas and Raisman were part of the first women's team to capture gymnastic Gold since 1996, proving once and for all: no one can flip, tumble and split like those who represent the red, white and blue!

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The highs and lows of the Summer Olympics were on full display during preliminary competition in women's gymnastics last night.

Reigning world champion Jordyn Wieber was reduced to tears after failing to qualify for the finals, while Aly Raisman was among two Americans who did move on to the medal round.

But not without a lot of anxiety on the part of her parents, Lynn and Ricky, who were mic'd up and videotaped by NBC as their daughter attempted to move on. The results were both humorous and adorable, as you can witness mother and father living and dying with every move Aly makes:

"It was such a thrill to watch our daughter compete at the Olympic games," Lynn and Ricky said after the event. "We are so proud and happy she advanced to finals and can't wait for team finals. All the girls did so great, we are proud of them all."