Gymnastics: Raisman earns sweet redemption in Rio

Thu Aug 11, 2016 8:58pm EDT
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By Mary Milliken

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - For American gymnast Aly Raisman, a silver medal in Thursday's all-around event was a moment of redemption after the heartbreak of 2012 when she was on the wrong side of a tiebreak and bumped from the podium.

It was also a validation that a 22-year-old can still rock in the world of gymnastics, despite an army of naysayers who didn't think she could compete in a sport made for teens.

Raisman rose to the podium alongside compatriot and gold medal winner Simone Biles and bronze medalist Aliya Mustafina, the Russian rival that had prevailed in the tiebreak for the bronze in London.

"After the tiebreak of 2012, it was very heartbreaking," said Raisman.

But Thursday's silver, she said, "shows you should never let anyone tell you that you can't do anything, and you should never give up just because you fail in something."

In 2012, Mustafina and Raisman finished with the same total score and the tie was broken by using their three highest apparatus scores. Mustafina came out a hair higher, leaving Raisman in fourth.

Raisman said she had to stare down the skeptics when she came back too the national team in 2014 after a series of injuries.

"When I first came back, all the media and everyone looked at me like I was crazy that I was really going to come back," said Raisman.   Continued...

2016 Rio Olympics - Artistic Gymnastics - Final - Women's Individual All-Around Victory Ceremony - Rio Olympic Arena - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 11/08/2016.  Alexandra Raisman (USA) of the U.S. poses with her silver medal.  REUTERS/Dylan Martinez