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August 7, 2012 1:17 pm

Jewish Olympic Gymnast Aly Raisman Secures Gold, Bronze Medals

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Alexandra Raisman, the American Jewish gymnast who performed to the music of “Hava Nagila” in the first days of the London Olympics, won a gold medal in her floor exercise Tuesday as well as a bronze medal for the balance beam exercise. Last week, Raisman led the U.S. team to its first Olympic gold medal in women’s gymnastics since 1996.

In the balance beam exercise, Raisman at first finished fourth place with a score of 14.966. After reviewing her routine, the judges chose to add an extra tenth of a point, giving her a score of 15.066, identical to that of Romanian Catalina Ponor. Raisman ultimately got the bronze medal because her execution score was higher.

Raisman’s second gold medal was the first Olympic gold in the floor exercise for a U.S. woman.

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  • Esmee

    Aly Reisman has been doing a great job and she got her chance to be in the spotlight. She earned a gold in the Gymnastics floor routine and a bronze in on the beam! I think it just came down to Aly getting a feel for where she wanted to go. She did an awesome routine to “Hava Nagila” and won the hearts of the crowd with her great smile. There are thousands of hours of coverage and several channels included in the Olympics coverage so finding what you’re looking for can be really hard. I just recently upgraded to the Hopper which comes with three tuners and 2,000 hours of recording time available. Now I can record each event and I don’t have to stress out about having enough space for all the sports I want to see. I’m glad I followed my Dish co-worker’s advice: the Hopper has been a huge time saver. Aly finally found her footing and her confidence and pulled out all the stops to become a true first in the floor competition. Now that the Gymnastics competition is over, I’ll be recording other sports but I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed for Aly in the 2016 Olympics and congratulations on your performance this year.