Today Aly Raisman revealed that the music choice in her gold medal-winning floor routine was, in a way, her own private tribute to the victims of the 1972 Munich Olympics Massacre. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the attacks.
Olympic officials ran into controversy this year by not including a moment of silence or dedication to the 11 Israeli athletes who were victims of the massacre.
As a Jewish American, Aly felt compelled to show respect for the dead in her own way. For her floor routine, she chose the traditional Jewish wedding song, "Have Nagila" for her background music.
"I am Jewish, that's why I wanted that floor music. I wanted something the crowd could clap to, especially being here in London."
Over the last sixty years gymnastics has seen massive changes in equipment, and some of the most drastic changes have been on the vault. The goal now is not so much as to get over the vault as it is to use it as a means to propel yourself off of it. Springboards have gotten more effective, and the new design of the vault (also called 'The Table) creates more surface area for a safer, springier vault.
Gymnastics has gotten more extreme, but that is largely due to more sophisticated apparatuses, a smaller focus on dance elements, and a greater emphasis on tumbling technique.
After an emergency knee surgery in May, Beth was nearly unable to compete in the Summer Olympics. At 27, she is also one of the oldest female gymnasts in the competition. After coming in fourth in Beijing, Beth considered retirement. But after buckling down and continuing to compete, she found herself on the national stage and won her bronze medal in the uneven bars.
Her routine was punctuated by the inclusion of her signature, orginal move -- the 'Tweddle' -- which includes flying over the bar and catching it again with arms crossed.
"I wasn't bothered what colour it was. I saw myself in third and I thought, 'please don't be fourth again'. I just can't put into words what it means to me," Tweddle said. "I will definitely miss all the competitions and the atmosphere, but I won't miss the training."