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Published: July 31, 2012
LONDON — Aly Raisman has fought back tears before. You don’t become an elite gymnast without shedding a few along the way. But never before had she had to hold it together, afraid she might burst into tears of unencumbered joy. After nailing her final tumbling pass on the floor Tuesday afternoon, though, the emotions were written all over her face, even before she hit her final dismount pose. She put a hand up to her mouth and the tears began welling. Having seen the Russian team falter on the floor before teammates Gabby Douglas and Jordyn Wieber nailed their exercises, she had to know a relatively clean routine would seal gold for the U.S.