US Women's Gymnastics Team
[SPOILER ALERT: The following story reveals the outcome of Tuesday's Olympic gymnastics finals.]
The U.S. had six chances to medal on the final day of gymnastics at the Olympics Tuesday. So how did they do?
Team USA came away with two medals, both won by Aly Raisman. Raisman took gold on her best event, floor exercise, and bronze on the balance beam. She is the first American woman to win gold on floor. Combined with the women's team gold, she leaves London with three medals. All-around champ Gabby Douglas and vault silver medalist McKayla Maroney both won two, while Jordyn Wieber and Kyla Ross go home with the team gold.
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Raisman originally finished fourth on beam, but was bumped to the podium after her coach filed an inquiry into her score of 14.966. After review, judges awarded Raisman, who had a balance check and a step back on her landing, a 15.066, which tied with 2004 beam gold medalist Catalina Ponor of Romania. Raisman won the tiebreaker, which takes the higher execution score (8.766 to Ponor's 8.466). On Thursday, Raisman missed out on a bronze in the all-around because of a tiebreaker.
China's Deng Linlin (15.6) and Siu Lu (15.5) won gold and silver on beam, respectively. Douglas, who finished last on uneven bars Monday, placed seventh with a 13.633 after a balance check and slipping on a split jump.
Raisman returned an hour later to compete on floor, delivering massive tumbling passes from corner to corner to earn a 15.6. Ponor won silver (15.2) and uneven bars champion Aliya Mustafina of Russia nabbed bronze (14.9).
Wieber was seventh with a 14.5 after stepping out of bounds on her second pass. It's been a bittersweet Olympics for Wieber. The world all-around champ was a favorite for Olympic all-around gold, but failed to qualify for the final, finishing behind Raisman and Douglas. Floor was the only individual event in which she qualified.
Wieber's coach, John Geddert, said after the finals Tuesday that the gymnast had been dealing with a possible stress fracture in her right leg since training camp last month, forcing her to limit her practice and downgrade some moves.
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On the men's side, all-around bronze medalist Danell Leyva and 2008 high bar silver medalist Jonathan Horton placed fifth and sixth on high bar, scoring 15.833 and 15.466, respectively. The Netherlands' Epke Zonderland won gold (16.533), claiming the first gymnastics medal for his country. Germany's Fabian Hambuchen won silver (16.4) and China's Zou Kai grabbed the bronze (16.366).
China's Feng Zhe (15.966) won gold on parallel bars, with all-around silver medalist Marcel Nguyen of Germany second (15.8) and France's Hamilton Sabot third (15.566).
China and Russia finish tied in the medal count with eight medals each, but China won four golds to Russia's one. The U.S. is next with six medals, including three golds.