Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 7/29/12
Aly Raisman tried to be OK with it, tried to smile, say all the right things and be the good teammate that's made her easily the most reliable American gymnast over the last three years. The 18-year-old U.S. Olympic team captain never complained when the cameras focused on world champion and good friend Jordyn Wieber. She didn't pout when Gabby Douglas' electric smile made the shadow Raisman spent so much time in even bigger. Instead, Raisman did what she's always done. She kept working. More importantly, she kept believing. And with one typically steady floor routine during Olympic team qualifying on Sunday, the sidekick became the star. Raisman's score of 15.325 on floor gave her a total of 60.391, slipping past Douglas for the top performance by an American and making best friend Wieber the odd girl out of Thursday's individual all-around final. ''Aly's success today just proves that hard work pays off,'' U.S. coach Martha Karolyi said. ''She's one of the most serious and ha...
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