Aly Raisman Leads U.S. to Gymnastics Team Gold
(JTA) — Aly Raisman, a Jewish American, won the floor exercise in helping the U.S. team to the gold medal in the women's gymnastics competition at the London Olympics.
The Americans on Tuesday won their first team gold medal in women's gymnastics since the Atlanta Games in 1996, finishing with 183.596 points to defeat Russia (178.530) and Romania (176.414).
Raisman, 18, of Needham, Mass., scored 15.300 in the floor exercise to win the event.
When Raisman gained a berth on the U.S. team last year, she performed a floor exercise routine to a string-heavy version of "Hava Nagila." She did so again at the Olympics on Sunday.
Raisman was favored to win yesterday’s all-around individual competition, as well as the floor exercise on Aug. 7, when she also will be competing in the balance beam final. She and Gabby Douglas are representing the U.S. in the individual finals.
Raisman is a recipient of the Pearl D. Mazor Outstanding Female Jewish High School Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award given out by the Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in New York.