Two Olympic gold medals are just fine with Gabby Douglas. Same for Aly Raisman, though that bronze was pretty sweet, too. While Douglas, the all-around...
LONDON — Two Olympic gold medals are just fine with Gabby Douglas. Same for Aly Raisman, though that bronze was pretty sweet, too.
While Douglas, the all-around champion failed to add to her medal haul Tuesday, Raisman wrapped up the London Olympics in style. Her gold on floor exercise was the first for a U.S. woman, and her bronze on balance beam was a bit of karmic payback.
Douglas may have won the most prestigious gymnastics title — all-around champion — but Raisman leaves as the most decorated of the Fierce Five with three medals.
“To say that I even almost had four medals, that makes me even more happy,” the U.S. captain said, referring to an earlier tiebreak that snatched away a bronze. “It definitely went better than I thought it would.”
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Good thing, too, because the American medal count in gymnastics needed a boost. The six U.S. medals are the fewest since 2000, and the men were a bust. After all the big talk about challenging China and Japan for the team gold, Danell Leyva’s all-around bronze was their only medal.
But the three golds — team, all-around and floor — are the most for the U.S. since the boycotted games of 1984, and the women got the prizes that really matter: their first team tile since the Magnificent Seven in 1996, and a third straight all-around champion.
“Overall I think the competition went really well,” said Douglas, the first African-American to win gymnastics’ biggest prize. “I’m so happy, going home with two Olympic gold medals and a couple of titles under my belt. I’m so happy for Aly. She deserves to be up on that podium.”
Not so happy was Jordyn Wieber, who leaves without a single individual medal after finishing seventh on floor exercise.
The Olympics have been one bummer after another for the world champion. She arrived as the favorite to amass the most medals, but failed to even qualify for the all-around. Now she’s got six weeks in a walking boot with what is believed to be a right leg stress fracture.
“It’s a little bit of disappointment overall,” Wieber said. “But at the same time, leaving with a gold medal (in the team competition) is more than I could ask for, and it’s so cool to be a part of that team.”
China wrapped up with four gold medals after Deng Linlin won balance beam and Feng Zhe claimed the title on parallel bars. Epke Zonderland won gold on high bar, the first medal for a Dutch man and only the second Olympic medal overall for the Netherlands in the sport.
For Douglas, the end of the Olympics wasn’t nearly as successful as the start.
“Overall, it was very good,” Douglas said. “Olympic all-around champion is going to be attached to my name.”