Aly raises the bar

Rais­man in­spires USA to gold — now she has her sights on the Rio Olympics

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT - BYDANNYCARO

GYM­NAS­TICS ALY Rais­man ad­mits Amer­ica’s his­toric vic­tory at the World Artis­tic Gym­nas­tics Cham­pi­onships in Scot­land was eas­ier than ex­pected.

The Olympic dou­ble-gold medal­list picked her­self up off the floor af­ter fail­ing to se­cure a medal in the In­di­vid­ual com­pe­ti­tion to help Amer­ica main­tain their dom­i­nance in the Team event with a third con­sec­u­tive vic­tory.

Mak­ing her team fi­nals de­but on the bal­ance beam, Rais­man, 21, ex­e­cuted a piked front to wolf jump to open her rou­tine. She closed with an Ara­bian dou­ble front dis­mount for a 14.266.

She was equally as im­pres­sive with her dy­namic floor rou­tine which fea­tured her sig­na­ture set and scored 15.025.

Amer­ica’s win­ning tally of 181.338 was five points clear of China and sur­prise bronze medal win­ners GB.

Re­flect­ing on the team’s record­break­ing suc­cess at the SSE Hy­dro in Glas­gow, Rais­man said: “We know we can do th­ese rou­tines in our sleep.”

Rais­man took two years off af­ter Lon­don 2012 and she hopes t o be­come the first Amer­i­can woman to com­pete in back-to-back Olympic teams since 2000.

She missed out on a medal in the all-round com­pe­ti­tion, drop­ping points af­ter com­ing off the un­even bars.

PHOTO: AP

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