LONDON, Aug. 7, 2012 – Alexandra Raisman of Needham, Mass./Brestyan’s American Gymnastics, won the first all-time U.S. gold medal on floor exercise and the bronze medal on balance beam tonight at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. The medals were the fourth and fifth for the women’s 2012 Olympic Champion Fierce Five and the sixth overall for the Team USA. The Fierce Five earned three gold, silver and bronze at the 2012 Olympics, while Danell Leyva of Miami/Team Hilton HHonors (Universal Gymnastics) took home the men’s individual all-around bronze.
Raisman’s three Olympic medals (two individual and one team) make her the most decorated U.S. gymnast at the 2012 Olympics.
Raisman, Gabby Douglas (all-around gold medalist) and Jordyn Wieber competed in the third and final day of event finals. Raisman and Douglas of Virginia Beach, Va./Chow’s Gymnastics, on balance beam; and Jordyn Wieber of DeWitt, Mich./Gedderts’ Twistars USA, and Raisman on women’s floor exercise.
In women’s floor exercise, Wieber went second and Raisman went third. Wieber hopped slightly on her first pass, a double twisting double back, and went out of bounds on her second pass. She hit a nice third and fourth pass to score a 14.500, for seventh place.
Raisman did a magnificent routine complete with her one-and-a-half twist to double Arabian, punch layout front for her first pass, a piked double Arabian to jump second pass, a triple full for her third pass, and a double pike to jump for her final pass to score a 15.600 and win the gold medal. Raisman’s gold medal is the first gold medal on floor exercise for the U.S. women and the eighth medal on floor overall.
Raisman said, “It feels amazing. I have been working so hard, so to have it come true is so exciting. I have always dreamed of being the Olympic Champion on floor, so I was really happy to be able to do the floor routine of my life here today.”
Wieber said, “I knew that it was going to have to take a lot of details in the routine with all the landings. I did step out of bounds, and I knew at that point that it wouldn’t be enough. I tried to still fight through and finish the routine strong.”
Romania’s Catalina Ponor won the silver with a score of 15.200 and Aliya Mustafina of Russia the bronze with a 14.900.
In the balance beam finals, Douglas was up sixth and Raisman was up eighth. Douglas had difficulties on a leap and fell off the beam. She finished strong with her dismount — a flip-flop, flip-flop, double pike to score a 13.633 for seventh place. Raisman hit a nice routine complete with her front tuck, flip flop, layout series, and double Arabian dismount. Her score was flashed as a 14.966, but after a successful appeal the score was raised to a 15.066, the same score as Romania’s Catalina Ponor. Due to the tie-breaking procedures, Raisman had a higher execution score than Ponor, so Raisman earned the bronze medal. Raisman’s bronze medal on the beam makes the eighth all-time Olympic medal for the USA on balance beam.
Raisman said, “I felt really good on my beam routine today and I’m happy that it was good enough for bronze. This day has been so crazy and really special. I am really excited to celebrate with my family and friends tonight.”
Douglas said, “I’m a little disappointed in my performance today, but I’m going home with two gold medals which is great. I gave it my all today, but it wasn’t my day to shine.”