While the media spotlight shone on her teammate Gabby Douglas, Aly Raisman collected two Olympic medals today (August 7). On the final day of gymnastics competition, the team captain became the first woman from the United States to win the floor exercise event.
The 18-year-old athlete performed a routine with a high degree of difficulty (6.5) and executed beautifully (9.1). Her 15.6 score bested both Catalina Ponor of Romania (15.2) and Russia's Aliya Mustafina (14.9) leaving her with the gold.
However, the balance beam event was a tighter race. After an initial score of 14.946, Raisman was slated for fourth place. Spectators booed at the judges' scores and her coach Mihai Brestyan filed an appeal to review the score.
The inquiry paid off as her difficulty score was boosted to 0.120 while her execution score of 8.766 was higher than 3rd place Ponor's. Aly walked away with the bronze while Chinese gymnasts Deng Linlin earned gold and Sui Lu silver.
Meanwhile, teammate Jordyn Wieber found herself in disappointing 7th place on the floor routine. Part of the reason may be a suspected stress fracture in the heel and shin area.
Team doctor Larry Nassar suggested the fracture after examining the gymnast, though no tests have confirmed it. Wieber's coach John Geddert agreed with the diagnosis, saying, "He’s right, 99% of the time. She’s had soreness. And now there’s a lump there. So it’s all the signs of a stress fracture. She’s going in a boot tomorrow."