Olympics 2012: Aly Raisman first Team USA woman to win gold in floor exercise
Early in the day, Raisman surprised naysayers by medaling in the balance beam -- scoring a bronze medal when few expected her to perform that well. Unfortunately, her teammate Gabby Douglas didn't have such a great experience -- she came in seventh place after a stumble.
Raisman initially only got a 14.9 for her beam routine, but Team USA appealed the score, asking judges to reevaluate Raisman's difficulty level. Ultimately, her score was raised to 15.066, which put her at a tie for third place with Catalina Ponor of Romania. Unlike last week, though, this tiebreaker went in Raisman's favor. Her higher execution score earned her the medal.
Raisman seemed energized by her bronze medal when it was time for her to show off her floor skills. The floor mat exercises have always been Raisman's forte, and she became the USA's most-decorated gymnast of 2012 when she scored the gold medal for her stunning routine.
After finishing her routine, Raisman could be seen mouthing "Wow," and when her score of 15.6 came up on the boards, her teammate McKayla Mulroney shouted "Whoa!" across the stadium.
"It was definitely the best floor routine that I've ever done," Raisman said. "To have it be at the Olympic Games, in the finals, is just really amazing and just a dream come true. That's what you work for your whole life."
Raisman is the first US woman to win gold for a floor routine.