Brestyan's Gym elated after Aly's performance
BURLINGTON, Mass. (WHDH) -- Before Aly took gold on the floor exercise, there was some controversy on the beam. Her coach, Mihai Brestyan, challenged Aly's score, and it worked -- she moved up on to the medal stand.
There was total elation at Brestyan's Gym in Burlington when word came that Aly Raisman won a bronze medal on the balance beam. And there was also praise for Aly's long-time gymnastics coach, Mihai Brestyan, who had to fight for Aly's medal.
“He’s a special coach and he has a lot of experience in gymnastics and I think he did and is doing a very good job,” said Ella Ivan, Brestyan’s Gymnastics.
Aly originally ended up placing fourth on the beam, but Brestyan immediately protested to the judges and got them to recalculate her score which elevated her to third place for the bronze.
“Mihai’s got a lot of experience with this sort of thing so I’m guessing he actually knew what she got by what he saw of her on the beam,” said Catherine Dickenson, gymnastics coach.
Pictures of Aly and her coach are posted throughout the gym, signifying their many years as a team.
“They’ve been working so hard on this for years and if she deserves it, they need to pursue it. He’s a great guy,” said Marisa Kearrney.
Aly faced a similar scoring controversy last week when she tied for bronze in the women's all-around. But because of the tiebreaker rule, she was dropped down to fourth place and didn't get a medal.
“I think that’s a terrible place to be in when you tie for third and end up getting bumped to fourth. But I’m glad it worked out for her today,” said Heidi Cushing-Candelario.
Aly's supporters say they're glad and proud to see she was able to maintain her composure in the midst of uncertainty.
“I think she gets it. I think most of the gymnasts understand that sometimes the scores go your way, sometimes they don’t,” said Lisa Flannery.