Jewish American Raisman leads US gymnastics team to gold

July 31, 2012 22:58

Aly Raisman, a Jewish American, won the floor exercise, helping the US women's team to the gold medal in the gymnastics competition at the London Olympics on Tuesday.

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, Massachusetts, scored 15.300 in the floor exercise to win the event, performing her routine to a string-heavy version of "Hava Nagila" as she did on Sunday. Raisman also had performed to "Hava Nagila" when she gained a berth on the US team last year.

Raisman is favored to win the all-around individual competition on Thursday, as well as the floor exercise on August 7, when she also will be competing in the balance beam final. She and Gabby Douglas are representing the US 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.

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