Despite earning the same score as bronze medalist Aliya Mustafina, Aly Raisman officially finished in fourth place in the women's all-around gymnastics final. According to international gymnastics rules, ties must be broken.
But why? When two superb athletes share the same score at the end of their competition, we should appreciate that they have performed equally well. A tiebreaker creates only an illusion that one of the two was the better contender that day. We should be able to remember Raisman as a co-medalist in this year's Olympics. Instead, she will be remembered as a heartbreak runner-up.