LONDON — Three times Aly Raisman endured agonizing waits. After almost making the podium in last Thursday’s all-around, she had to twiddle her thumbs for five days until her next chance. After the balance beam Tuesday, she had to wait for the scoring upgrade that gave her the bronze medal on a tiebreaker. Finally, after the best floor routine of her life, Raisman had to wait 20 long minutes as five rivals tried to beat her score.
The reward for all that waiting: the individual gold medal she had dreamed of.