SPOILER: Team USA Gymnasts' Final Medal Count
By PAIGE FEIGENBAUM
August 07, 2012
Michael Phelps was not the only athlete striving to earn multiple medals in London. Gymnasts Gabby Douglas and Aly Raisman shared such lofty Olympic aspirations. What is their final medal count?
The teens closed out their Olympic experience on Tuesday. Gabby lost her balance on the beam, thus not ranking high enough for a third medal. Aly tumbled her way to her second Olympic gold, this time as champion of the floor exercise with her crowd pleasing routine to Hava Nagila. This marks the first time that an American woman has won that prize at the Olympics. She also disputed her beam score, convincing officials to take a closer look at her routine. Using the tie-break rule, Aly was bumped up to third, earning her a bronze.
On Monday, Gabby, a.k.a. The Flying Squirrel, soared into a disappointing last place on the uneven bars event finals. But, teammate McKayla Maroney, who was favored on the vault, got a surprising silver due to a fall on one of her two attempts.
The Americans women earned gold as teammates in the team all-around when the U.S. topped the podium last week. Gabby Douglas followed up with a win in the individual all-around category, in which Aly finished just shy of medal contention in fourth.