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World champion Jordyn Wieber finishes seventh
Raisman was dismayed at falling just short of the podium in last week’s all-around competition. She and Aliya Mustafina finished with the same score, but the Russian got the bronze on a tiebreak.
So it was more than a little satisfying to wind up on the right end of the rules Tuesday, bumping Catalina Ponor out of the bronze on balance beam.
“A gold medal is a gold medal, but I definitely felt like (beam) was redemption from the other night in the all-around,” Raisman said. “I was in the same exact position, but it went in my favor this time.”
Raisman initially finished fourth with a score of 14.966. But she questioned it, and judges added an extra tenth to her routine’s difficulty after a review. That gave her and Ponor identical scores of 15.066, but Raisman got the bronze because her execution score was higher — 8.766 to Ponor’s 8.466.
“It’s a huge payback,” Brestyan said. “She was a little bit disappointed after the all around. It takes us two days to put her head back and it was hard work, but she stood up and today it was exactly what she was waiting for.”
And it freed her to let loose on floor exercise, her best event.
“I felt like I had nothing to lose,” Raisman said. “It was going to be my last memory for London, so I just wanted to make it count and enjoy it.”
Her tumbling passes were some of the most difficult, and she reached such great height that high-jumpers would be envious. Her landings were not only secure, one was so powerful it all but shook the floor. Brestyan was hopping up and down and pumping his fist as she finished, and even Raisman was impressed with herself, mouthing “wow” after she saluted the judges.
When her score, a 15.6, was posted, teammate McKayla Maroney yelled “whoa!” so loudly from the stands it could be heard across the arena.
“It was definitely the best floor routine that I’ve ever done,” she 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.”
Media from all over the world want a piece of her, and celebs have been flooding her Twitter timeline, eager to be her new BFF.
She admitted after Monday’s lackluster showing on bars — she was last — that it was all catching up with her.
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