It Was My Best, And That’s What Mattered

Aly Raisman

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"It wasn't a first place finish. But it was my best, and that's what mattered."

Alexandra Raisman (1994-) is is a retired American gymnast and two-time Olympian. She was captain of both the 2012 "Fierce Five" and 2016 "Final Five" U.S. women's Olympic gymnastics teams which won their respective team competitions. Raisman is the 2016 Olympic individual all-around silver medalist and floor exercise silver medalist.

At the 2012 Olympics, she won gold medals in the team and floor competitions, as well as the bronze medal on the balance beam, making her the most decorated American gymnast at the Games. At the 2016 Olympics, she won a gold medal in the team event, making her and teammate Gabby Douglas the only Americans with back-to-back team gold medals. 

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