“It makes it that much better if everyone does well,” she said. So Raisman, who was watching from next to the horizontal bar, clapped for Mustafina, whose 14.900 earned her second bronze on a tiebreaker, this time over Ferrari.
Only Romania’s Izbasa remained, and when she fell to her knees just before the end of her routine and ended up last, Brestyan dashed over and lifted Raisman aloft with a bear hug.
“Just to see how happy Mihai was, was the best feeling for me,” said Raisman, who completed her senior year at Needham High online this year so that she could train seven hours a day with him in his Burlington gym.
Thus did the girl who determined four years ago that she would be here now finish off her waiting games with a floor fantasy.
“To do it in the Olympics is amazing,” said Raisman. “That’s what you wish for your whole life.”
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