Aly raisman gymnastics

Gymnast Aly Raisman
Wins Bronze On Appeal
— Then Gold!


In a surprising turn of events, Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman was awarded the bronze medal for her balance beam routine — an hour after originally falling short of the medal. And she later capped off her day with gold. 

After originally coming in fourth place on Tuesday in the beam, Aly’s coach filed an appeal asking the judges to review her score of 14.9, protesting her level of difficulty marks.

After rewatching the routine, the judges decided to raise the 18-year-old team captain’s score to 15.066, putting her in third place, tied with Romania’s Catalina Ponor.

Ultimately it came down to the new tiebreaker system — in which both women were judged in their execution on the beam. Aly was awarded bronze with a score of 8.766, just barely coming ahead of Catalina’s 8.466.

Also Tuesday, Aly won her first solo Olympic gold medal for her final event, the women’s floor exercise, with a score of 15.600.      

While she didn’t arrive in London as the biggest name on the team, she leaves as one of the most memorable, with three medals (two gold and one bronze) — more than any other of her teammates.