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Aly Raisman of US wins Olympic gold on floor exercise

The Massachusetts native takes home the top prize Tuesday while teammate Gabby Douglas fell short on the balance beam.

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Alexandra Raisman of the U.S. competes in the women's gymnastics floor exercise final in the North Greenwich Arena during the London 2012 Olympic Games August 7.

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Aly Raisman finished the Olympics in style.

The U.S. captain matched Gabby Douglas in gold medals, winning the title on floor exercise Tuesday. Add in the bronze on balance beam from earlier in the day, and she becomes the most decorated of the Fierce Five.

"It definitely went better than I thought it would," Raisman said.

Good thing Raisman did so well because the rest of the Americans came up empty-handed. Douglas had another rough day, finishing seventh on balance beam after a fall. World champion Jordyn Wieber, voted most likely to leave the Olympics with the biggest haul, was seventh on floor and finishes without any individual medals.

Danell Leyva and Jonathan Horton were fifth and sixth, respectively, on high bar, leaving the U.S. men with only Leyva's all-around bronze.

"I'm so happy, going home with two Olympic gold medals and a couple of titles under my belt," Douglas said. "I'm so happy for Aly, she deserves to be up on that podium."

Raisman may not have Douglas' bubbly personality or Wieber's resume, but she is prized her for her steadiness, and that consistency paid off big in London.

Energized by her surprise bronze on beam, Raisman's floor routine had an extra spark. Her tumbling passes were some of the most difficult, and she got such great height on them you could have parked a double-decker bus beneath her. Her landings were not only secure, one was so powerful it practically shook the floor.

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