Aly Raisman capped off her 2012 Summer Olympics run with a huge performance on the women’s floor exercise finals. Not only did she add back in an element on her opening tumbling pass that had been giving her trouble (and that she removed for the team finals and individual all-around), but she nailed it. And she nailed every subsequent pass on her way to a 15.6, the highest women’s floor exercise score given out at the games.
Now Raisman adds a gold medal to her team gold and her bronze on the balance beam finals. She could have been challenged by Romania’s Catalina Ponor or Russia’s Aliya Mustafina, who placed second and third, respectively, but Mustafina’s routine wasn’t as clean as Aly’s and Ponor’s wasn’t as difficult.
Jordyn Wieber, the favorite for the women’s all-around coming into the Summer Games, finished a disappointing seventh. She had some shaky landings and a step out of bounds to knock her out of medal contention.
Raisman returns to the U.S. as the most decorated U.S. gymnast of the games, with three medals to her credit. She is also the first U.S. woman to ever win individual gold on the floor exercise and becomes just the third U.S. woman to win two Olympic gold medals (Shannon Miller and Gabby Douglas are the others).