Another amazing day of sports at the 2012 London Olympic Games. With so many great things happening, it’s hard to decide which event was most exciting today. I do however, think that women’s gymnastics was rather interesting, even if the U.S. women didn't do as expected.
Congratulations to Aly Raisman for taking home gold in floor and bronze on the beam. Before I get into her performance, I do want to mention that both Gabby Douglas and Jordyn Wieber performed as well and unfortunately, neither one of them medaled. In my personal opinion, I think the shock of Jordyn not qualifying for all-around was still lingering in the back of her mind, and she never really recovered. Gabby, on the other hand, has so much pressure on her still. Even though she has said that all the talk and concerns about her hair aren’t really an issue and she does not even think about it, I believe the criticism affected her performances on beam and the uneven bars. After all, she is only a kid. She just happens to be a two-time gold medalist in the public eye. Why must people be so negative and talk about things that don’t really matter instead of focusing on the positive things people do? With that being said, both of these young ladies deserve to be praised for who they are and for representing Team USA in the best way possible.
I absolutely love Aly Raisman and the way she carries herself and represents the USA. She exemplifies what a team captain should be. Even though she was competing against some of her teammates, you could always see how happy she was for them. Her routine on beam was good enough to earn her a bronze medal, but her floor routine stole the show. She personified everything a female athlete represents: beauty, confidence, strength, power, and pride as she flipped, jumped, danced, and moved all over the floor.
We had the Magnificent Seven in Atlanta in ’96 and the Fab Five in London in 2012. Both teams lived up to their respective names. Will we see any of these young ladies in Brazil in 2016? If so, what will the nickname be for that team? Whether we do or not, one thing is clear. They will definitely leave us wanting more performances like they gave us in London. I am a true fan!
Check out the video below to see more of Aly's gold medal-winning performance!