Aly Raisman’s Dramatic Final Night At The Olympics

A few awesome flips, a little controversy, and one annoyed spectator all add up to a night the American gymnast won’t soon forget. Oh and of course there was also the return of Aly’s crazy, awesome parents.

1. Yesterday Aly Raismain competed in the finals of both the balance beam and the floor exercise. She got started on the beam.

2. She did well…

3. But her routine was not without its faults.

4. When her score of 14.966 came in (good for 4th place), the announcers were shocked. It turns out for her “starting difficulty” score the judges gave her only a 6.2.

Former Olympic gold medalist Shannon Miller said that Raisman’s routine is usually considered at least a 6.4 or 6.5.

5. The US coach filed an official inquiry.

6. And the judges re-watched Raisman’s routine.

7. Aly waited patiently until…

8. The inquiry was accepted and her start value was raised to 6.3. This brought her total score to 15.066 which tied her with Romania’s Catalina Ponor for the bronze medal.

9. But because Raisman’s execution score was higher than Ponor’s, she won the tiebreaker to take the bronze.

Ponor finished out of the medals.

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11. But Raisman had no time to rest. She had to move over to the finals of the floor exercise.

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12. Where.

14. Dominated.

15. Her crazy, intense, awesome Bostonian parents were there too, though unfortunately they weren’t mic’d this time.

Note: Notice the guy sitting behind Aly Raisman’s dad. He is hilariously annoyed with them.

17. But more important than her awesome parents, Aly Raisman’s gold means that she’s the only American gymnast to leave London with three medals.

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18. Aly Raisman: Olympic Hero

19. Aly’s Balance Beam Routine:

20. Aly’s Whole Floor Routine:

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