Jewish gymnast Aly Raisman wins team Olympic gold

US women's gymnastics team captained by Raisman dominates team finals, winning gold by huge margin.

Shai Landesman,

Aly Raisman
Aly Raisman
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The US women's gymnastics team won the gold medal at the Team All-Around final last night (Tuesday) in absolutely dominant fashion, winning by a final margin of over 8.2 points, an enormous gap in gymnastics terms.

The team consisted of Olympic newcomers Laurie Hernandez and Madison Kocian, Simone Biles, the most dominant gymnast in the world, also in her first Olympics, 2012 individual all-around gold medalist Gabby Douglas, and captain Aly Raisman. The gymnasts from around the world compete on four apparatus in the event: the Balance beam, the Vault, the Uneven bars, and the Floor exercise.

The Jewish Raisman is nicknamed "grandma" by her teammates because of her comparatively "advanced" age (she is 22, ancient by gymnastics standards) and her fondness for taking naps. Her strongest apparatus is the Floor, in which she won the gold medal in the individual competition in 2012 with a routine performed to "Hava Nagila", a wink to her Jewish roots.

After Team USA's resounding success, prompting some analysts to call it the greatest gymnastics team of all time, the Olympics gymnastics competition now turns to the individual events, with all eyes on Simone Biles, who is threatening the legendary Nadia Comaneci for the crown of greatest gymnast ever.

Raisman qualified for the finals at the individual all-around event, in which the athletes perform on every apparatus, in 2nd place, behind teammate Biles. She will be hard-pressed to beat out the imperious and dominant Biles for the gold in the all-around, but may be able to give her more of a run for her money in the Floor exercise individual event, where Raisman's experience and comfort level are sure to serve her well.


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