Alicia Sacramone went into the 2008 Olympics with a chance at winning gold on vault and floor and a small chance winning a beam medal. She left as the choke artist that cost the US team the Gold medal. (Fair or not that is her legacy)
Aly Raisman went into the 2012 Olympics with a shot at floor gold she left the most decorated US gymnast of the 2012 games. If not for the “tie” rule she would have tied Aliya Mustafina for the most medals of any female gymnast at the games and that would include an AA medal.
Can you just imagine how badly this must annoy Alicia? Alicia can tumble almost as well as Aly and she can dance. She has better form and technique is in reality is ten times the gymnast at her peak that Aly was at hers but in ten years Aly’s name will be remembered and Alicia will be that girl that fell twice and cost the US team the gold medal.
They technically did not compete at the same Olympics but Alicia could have taken Aly’s spot on the 2012 team if the stars had aligned. Even competing at different Olympics they both would have been in competition for the same endorsements
Aly had the kind of Olympics Alicia could have had. I can only imagine how that must boil.