Good news first: Aly Raisman rocked the floor today on the last day of gymnastics competition in London. Aly became the first American woman ever to win the floor exercise at the Olympics, after increasing her degree of difficulty and shining in her routine to attain a score of 15.6. We’re always taken aback by incredible individuals like Aly. To execute skill and athleticism in such an immaculate way under pressure is just mind blowing. When asked how she was able to deliver a routine like that she said, “I felt like I had nothing to lose. It was going to be my last memory for London, so I just wanted to make it count and enjoy it.” As if earning the gold wasn’t enough, earlier in the day she won a bronze medal in the balance beam, which came after winning an appeal with the judges and then a tiebreaker with Catalina Ponor of Romania. (After she lost the tie-breaker for bronze in the all-around, this was a huge relief!)
And then there’s the bad news. We’re really happy Aly did so well, because the story wasn’t as happy for her teammates. All-around gold medalist Gabby Douglas had a disappointing day, finishing seventh on balance beam after a nasty fall. Yesterday, Gabby also failed to medal on the uneven parallel bars with a 14.900 score that left her in eighth place. The bars are supposed to be where Gaby really struts her stuff and where she got her nickname, “Flying Squirrel.”
Gabby admitted that she got distracted by all of the attention she was getting from all different media outlets. It seemed like every celeb was tweeting at her, wanting to be her best friend! But she isn’t leaving with bad feelings. She knows how amazing it is that she is the first African-American to win the all-around title and that the term “world champion” will be attached to her name forever.
This past Sunday, Gabby sat with her teammates in the stands and cheered on McKayla Maroney, who was expected to win gold in the vault. But Maroney had an uncharacteristic and horrifying error. As she went for her second vault, her feet slipped out from underneath her and she ended up plopping down on the mat. She actually won the silver medal, which ain’t that bad, but as she wiped away mascara, she explained: “It’s more of shock. I’m not disappointed about the silver. I’m disappointed about my performance.”
World champion Jordyn Wieber, who was expected to leave the Olympics with the most hardware of any gymnast, was seventh on floor and finished without any individual medals.
It was a rough end to the Olympics for the Fabulous Five, but we’re so proud of all of their achievements since starting out in London. It takes some pretty tough and incredibly talented chicks to kick ass as well as they did throughout the games.
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