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Even McKayla Maroney might be impressed if Aly Raisman can pull this off...

After winning the gold medal on the floor and a bronze medal on the balance beam at the London Olympics, this 18-year old gymnast read a Tweet from Joe Jonas that said she and her teammates were simply "incredible" to watch.

Asked a few days ago about the shout-out, Raisman went ahead and gave the singer a shout-out of her own, one that might as well have included her phone number:

"I'm excited to get to know him," Raisman told Us Weekly. "I would go on a date with him."

  • Aly Raisman Pic
  • Joe Jonas on the Red Carpet

Let's totally make this happen! Can you imagine the talented children Joe and Aly would have together? They'd be playing the guitar while tumbling!

Jonas, of course, previously dated Demi Lovato, so the bar is rather high for Raisman. But did you see her in London? She has few problems with bar, be they parallel or uneven.

Of the experience as a whole, Raisman says: "It's really exciting because a lot of hard work and dedication went into this. It feels nice that people know who I am... I didn't' realize how many people watched the Olympics!"

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McKayla Maroney and her "Fierce Five" U.S. women's gymnastics teammates appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman Tuesday night, where the host had them show off their best "McKayla Maroney is not impressed" faces.

"It is pretty funny," said Maroney, 16, of the meme that's taken over the web. "After I did it, the girls kept pointing it out, 'You're doing that face again.'"

"Every time she does it, we're like, 'There it is!'" teammate Aly Raisman said. "We've all been working on it." The girls then showed off their best McKayla.

McKayla's priceless, apathetic reaction to winning a mere silver medal in the vault has been applied to everything from the Dwight Howard trade to the Grand Canyon.

She even spoofed it herself in a funny Instagram photo at the London Olympics, where the girls became the first U.S. team champions since 1996.

Watch another clip of their appearance on the late show below:

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Give McKayla Maroney a lot of credit.

The Olympic gymnast is showing a sense of humor about the Internet meme spoofing her hilariously smug, indifferent reaction to winning a mere silver - not gold - medal in individual vault competition last week.

Here's McKayla and friends getting in on the act:

McKayla, Aly and Kyla

Her Fierce Five teammate, Aly Raisman, tweeted a pic of Maroney, Kyla Ross and herself standing outside a swimming pool and playfully sneering.

Making the same expression that launched the McKayla Maroney is NOT impressed and its many classic images on Tumblr, the girls look far from thrilled.

Hey, if the Dwight Howard trade doesn't impress McKayla, how do you think she's gonna react when the pool's unexpectedly closed? Exactly.

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Aly Raisman's parents may be a little over the top (okay, more than a little), but it's hard to blame them for celebrating her Olympic gymnastics glory.

Well, unless you're this grumpy old guy.

Aly Raisman Parents

In defense of Aly's parents, they are as loving, supportive and enthusiastic as you can get. No one disputes that, some just think they go overboard.

Whatever you might think of the parents most of the time, though, can you really fault them for cheering Aly's floor exercise gold medal Tuesday?

Two gold medals and one bronze for their daughter, the unheralded hero of a team led by Jordyn Wieber and Gabby Douglas? Hard to blame them.

One "gentleman" at Greenwich Arena disagreed, clearly. After unluckily getting a ticket right behind them, he was hilariously annoyed throughout.

When NBC cameras first cut to him, he stared at Rick Raisman, shaking his head in disgust. A few seconds later, he actually told him to sit down!

Aly Raisman's Parents

Anyone who's ever sat behind some guy who stands and yells at inopportune moments can sympathize here ... but in this particular case, come on.

First of all, the old man had to have known who they were - Aly Raisman's dad in particular does not shy away from making his presence felt.

Second ... what's that guy trying so hard to see? He's seen above telling Rick to sit down AFTER ALY'S ROUTINE. That's just going out of your way to be a jerk.

Is his view of the judges deliberating being obstructed? How sad. This guy probably tells kids to SHUSH at the movies ... during the end credits.

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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?

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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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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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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."

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