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American gymnast Aly Raisman won two gold medals and a bronze at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, held in London.
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Once the games started, however, Raisman showed the judges that she was no underdog. She beat out Wieber for a spot to compete in the all-around finals. According to Raisman, the victory was bittersweet. "I was really surprised. I feel awful because she [Wieber] wanted it so bad. But she should still feel proud. She's an Olympian," Raisman said in an interview with the Los Angeles Times.
In late July 2012, Raisman and her U.S. Olympic women's gymnastics teammates—Gabrielle Douglas,
Kyla Ross, McKayla Maroney and Jordyn Wieber—took home a team gold medal. Fans worldwide watched as judges announced the team's medal win—the first gold medal for the American women's gymnastics team since 1996. Raisman went on to win a bronze medal for the beam and a second gold medal, in the individual floor exercise, at the 2012 Olympics.
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