LONDON -- Two Olympic gold medals are just fine with Gabby Douglas. Same for Aly Raisman, though that bronze was pretty sweet, too.
While the all-around champion failed to add to her medal haul Tuesday, Raisman wrapped up the London Olympics in style. Her gold on floor exercise was the first for a U.S. woman, and her bronze on balance beam was a bit of karmic payback.
Douglas may have won the most prestigious gymnastics title -- all-around champion -- but Raisman leaves as the most decorated of the Fierce Five with three medals.
"To say that I even almost had four medals, that makes me even more happy," the U.S. captain said, referring to an earlier tiebreak that snatched away a bronze. "It definitely went better than I thought it would."
Good thing, too, because the American medal count needed a boost. The six U.S. medals are the fewest since 2000, and the men were a bust. After all the big talk about challenging China and Japan for the team gold, Danell Leyva’s all-around bronze was their only medal.
But the three golds -- team, all-around and floor -- are the most for the U.S. since the boycotted games of 1984, and the women got the prizes that really matter: their first team tile since the Magnificent Seven in 1996, and a third straight all-around champion.
"Overall I think the competition went really well," said Douglas, the first African-American to win gymnastics’ biggest
Not so happy was Jordyn Wieber, who leaves without a single individual medal after finishing seventh on floor exercise.
The Olympics have been one bummer after another for the world champion. She arrived as the favorite to amass the most medals, but failed to even qualify for the all-around. Now she’s got six weeks in a walking boot to look forward to with what is believed to be a stress fracture in her right leg.
"It’s a little bit of disappointment overall," Wieber said. "But at the same time, leaving with a gold medal is more than I could ask for, and it’s so cool to be a part of that team."
As for Raisman, it seems only fitting that she leaves London with the most medals of the Americans.
The 18-year-old has long been overlooked. She doesn’t have Douglas’ bubbly personality or her bright smile, and she seems almost mechanical in comparison. Raisman doesn’t have Wieber’s resume, either. U.S. coach John Geddert joked that he was going to nickname her "Four" for all the times she’s just missed the podium.