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After that, Komova played catchup. Because victories come in the slightest of margins, the outcome remained in doubt when the leaders entered the fourth — and final — rotation. Douglas had another dazzling floor exercise, the event in which she gets to showcase her lighter side while performing gravity-defying aerial flips.
Komova went last. She had a solid program that just wasn’t strong enough to overcome Douglas. The Russian anxiously watched the scoreboard as minutes passed before officials posted the results.
Once Komova recovered from the fact she had lost, the gymnast acknowledged Douglas "performed beautifully."
Douglas felt something special would happen when riding to the arena in a downpour. Her mom used to say rain was a sign from God that the day would be great.
"I just told myself, ‘Believe,’ " she said. " ‘Don’t fear, just believe.’ "
The unbroken belief led to the kind of tears Douglas could share with the world.
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