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Mishap: A misplaced foot caused Gabby Douglas to fall off the balance beam, leaving her clinging to it during the final
The magic has appeared to run out for gymnast Gabby Douglas, who failed to win a medal in her last London Olympics appearance after a fall left her clinging to the balance beam.
An hour later, Douglas' compatriot and Team USA captain Aly Raisman, finished strong in the floor exercise final to win her first individual gold medal.
Douglas' life has been a whirlwind since she won the all-around title last week, with media wanting a piece of her and celebs flooding her Twitter timeline, eager to be her new BFF.
Struggles: Since becoming an overnight Olympic celebrity, Douglas has had trouble performing due to emotion and exhaustion
Clinging: Douglas gripped onto the balance beam after suffering the fall
As the days went on, the rigors of competition appeared to be taking her toll on Douglas.
She admitted after Monday's lackluster showing on bars - where she finished last - that the emotion and exhaustion had caught up with her.
But it wasn't a lack of energy that cost her today Tuesday - it was a misplaced foot.
Her right foot could only brush the beam as she landed on a leap, and she had no chance to save herself.
As the crowd gasped, she fell onto the beam in a straddle, hanging on tight as she swung partly underneath.
Still, she'll leave the London Olympics with two gold medals, including the all-around title, gymnastics' biggest prize.
About an hour after the balance beam final, Raisman - who won the bronze in a tiebreaker - became the first American female to win gold in the floor exercise. It was her third medal overall.
Gold standard: Raisman's performance in the floor exercise won her a second gold medal, and her third overall
Emotion: Aly Raisman hugs coach Mihai Brestyan after winning the gold medal in the floor exercise
After the balance beam final, Douglas said: 'I'm definitely not going to lie. It was definitely hard to regain your focus. You're like, "Yes, I'm the Olympic champion. I'm a world champion."
'It's definitely kind of hard to turn the chapter for event finals.'
Raisman - who missed out on a medal in the all-around after a tiebreaker last week - won the bronze medal, thanks to a tiebreaker.
Raisman questioned her score after initially finishing fourth, and judges added an extra tenth to her routine's difficulty after reviewing it.
Sadness: Douglas reacted in disappointment after final results were declared for the balance beam during the artistic gymnastics women's apparatus finals
Flying squirrel: Gabby Douglas won two gold medals in London, including one in the individual all-around event
Heartbreak: The balance beam fall cost Douglas a gold medal in her final Olympic appearance
That gave her and Catalina Ponor identical scores of 15.066, but Raisman got the bronze and Ponor got bumped because the American's execution score was higher.
Big grins spread across Raisman's face and that of her coach, Mihai Brestyan, when the revision was announced, and she couldn't stop smiling as she climbed onto the medals podium.
The captain of the Fierce Five now has two medals, and a chance to add a third later Tuesday on floor exercise.
Douglas said she was proud of her achievement and the achievements of her team as a whole.
She said: 'I'm so happy, going home with two Olympic gold medals and a couple of titles under my belt,'
Douglas added: 'I'm so happy for Aly, she deserves to be up on that podium. She had a great beam routine and I'm so proud of her.'
Deng Linlin won the gold on balance beam, while compatriot Sui Lu took home the silver.
Pride: Raisman, centre, displays her gold medal with silver medallist Catalina Ponor, left, of Romania and bronze medallist Aliya Mustafina, right, of Russia
Ta-da! Raisman performed in the women's floor exercise about an hour after winning bronze in the balance beam
Flipped: Raisman won a bronze medal in the balance beam, which was dominated by China, who took gold and silver
I feel the pain with you my dear Gabby. but I know that there is a lot more years for your young self,,keep shinning bright...NOW THE HAIR THING we already born nappy head so what the hell you want long straight well relaxed on my shoulder ...go relax your brain..
if people are going to attack a child's hair then the ignorance should cease. she made history and her hair should not be a topic.....i love gabby, she reminds me of a Dominique Dawes----and if there isn't positive feedback for gabby then just be quiet..its not nice to talk about people....
go Gabby you still did your ting. see you at the next olympics.
@cee gee... true and I bet all those b****** hating on her can"t even get their big ass up on a balance beam..
I'm so proud of the young lady.....Walk proud Gabby
U did great empress !!!
just goes to show America loves black people when we're making her proud, looking at some news paper articles seems like such a let to Gabby, couldn't even give her words of encouragement, she stood firm anyway, this will only make her stronger. Look out Olympics she be back..
She still has three medals...btw, I was listening to Steve Harvey Morning show and Gabby's mom said that the comments about her hair has hurt her confidence....poor girl! I was annoyed because I know a lot of the comments about her hair were from black people and it sickens me that instead of being proud of her....her own people were critiquing her hair, it was disgusting some; of the comments I read online!
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