Sunday, August 5, 2012

Aly Raisman olympic

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Aly Raisman may have lost out on winning an all-around medal in the Olympic women’s gymnastics by the narrowest of margins on Thursday, but she was able to keep her game face.

“I was just trying to think positive of it,” Aly told Access Hollywood’s Billy Bush in London, of staying strong when she saw the scoreboard change. “It’s hard when you see your name tied with the other girl, and then you look up again and you see your name in fourth place. But I was just trying to think about how much of an honor it was to be in the all-around competition and still, fourth in the world is so amazing.”

Aly and Russia’s Aliya Mustafina tied for bronze on Thursday, but the way the tiebreaker works is the lowest score of the four events gets tossed out, giving the Russian Olympian a slight edge over American Aly.

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“I still feel like I got it. I know that I did that the best that I could,” the Olympian told Billy. “It is what it is, but I still am really proud and happy with how I did.”

Fellow American Gabby Douglas picked up gold in the all-around division and Aly Raisman said she was proud of her teammate.

“I’m really happy because I’m still an Olympic champion and I’m really happy for Gabby,” she added.

Aly didn’t get to see her folks immediately after the competition, but she said they shared comforting words.

“On the phone they were really supportive and I know they were really proud of me,” she said.

Aly Raisman got left off the medal stand in the women’s gymnastics all-around at the London Olympics due to a flawed tiebreaker. She finished in fourth behind Gabby Douglas, Viktoria Komova and Aliya Mustafina.

Gabby Douglas was the run away winner of the women’s all-around and Viktoria Komova was a strong second. However, Aly Raisman and Aliya Mustafina tied through their four events leading to the tiebreaker that stripped Aly Raisman of a medal she earned.

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The tiebreaker takes the top three scores that the athletes earned and adds them into the tiebreaking score. It essentially penalizes the truly better all-around competitor and instead forces the competitors to be more specialized in three of the four apparatuses.

How it broke down is Raisman and Mustafina both earned cumulative scores of 59.566 after four events. Raisman earned a 15.900 on the vault, 14.333 on the bars, 14.200 on the beam and 15.133 on the floor. Mustafina earned a 15.233 on the vault, 16.100 on the bars, 13.633 on the beam and 14.600 on the floor.

Then the top three events for Aly Raisman added to a 45.366 where the top three events for Mustafina combined to a 45.933. However, this doesn’t come off as a fair way to do things at all. The idea is to have the best all-around gymnast win, not the best of three out of four.

There are many different options here as tiebreakers. One would be to take the event that both are the worst and and have them re-compete in it. However, if their combined score rises above the second place competitor, are they then allowed to earn the silver?

That would make it to confusing. Another option could be to throw out the top and bottom scores in events. However, this just leaves the whole argument of two events versus four events being graded. Unfortunately there has to be a tie here.

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