Three-time Olympic gold medal American gymnast Aly Raisman is a two-time Olympian who has won six Olympic medals as a member of the U.S. women’s gymnastics teams, the “Fierce Five” in 2012 and “Final Five” in 2016.
A member of the U.S. Olympic women’s gymnastics team, Aly Raisman started learning her sport not long after she began walking. In an interview with USA Gymnastics, she said, “I was two years old when my mom put me in mommy and me classes. I always had a lot of energy so it was the perfect fit!” The oldest of four children, Raisman is the daughter of two athletic parents. Her mother was a gymnast in high school and her father played hockey.
At the age of 10, Raisman took her training to another level. She started working with Mihai and Sylvie Brestyan at their American Gymnastics Club in Burlington, Massachusetts. Around the age of 14, Raisman had begun to compete on an elite level. She came in twelfth over all in junior competition at the 2009 Cover Girl Classic. That same year, Raisman won the junior vault event at the American Classic.
Top Olympian Gymnast Aly Raisman
brina Vega and McKayla Maroney—also took home the gold medal at the 2011 World Championships, in the team competition.
Raisman worked hard to balance her love of gymnastics with her school work. She went to Needham High School through her junior year, and completed her studies online in 2012. Though dedicated to her sport, she managed to find the time to go to graduation with her friends, and even made it to her senior prom. “The gymnastics definitely takes a priority, but she’s very good with still trying to keep in touch with friends and having a little bit of normalcy,” her mother, Lynn Raisman, told ESPN. “I think if you don’t have that, it’s hard. It’s just a very grueling sport.”
Olympian Gymnast Aly Raisman made the U.S. Olympic women’s gymnastics team in 2012. “Making the team is a dream come true,” she told ESPN. “I am so honored and so excited to represent my country. It means the world to me.” While the 18-year-old gymnast was selected to be the team’s captain, much of the initial media attention focused on Raisman’s teammates, Jordyn Wieber and Gabby Douglas.
Once the games started, however, Raisman showed the judges that she was no underdog. She beat out Wieber for a spot to compete in the all-around finals. According to Raisman, the victory was bittersweet. “I was really surprised. I feel awful because she [Wieber] wanted it so bad. But she should still feel proud. She’s an Olympian,” Raisman said in an interview with the Los Angeles Times.
In late July 2012, Raisman and her U.S. Olympic women’s gymnastics teammates—Gabrielle Douglas, Kyla Ross, McKayla Maroney and Jordyn Wieber—took home a team gold medal. Fans worldwide watched as judges announced the team’s medal win—the first gold medal for the American women’s gymnastics team since 1996. Raisman went on to win a bronze medal for the beam and a second gold medal, in the individual floor exercise, at the 2012 Olympics. Since then, Raisman she took some time out of the gym to compete on Dancing With the Stars in 2013. Two years later, she became an all-around bronze medalist and World team champion.
In June 2016, Raisman was seen on Gold Medal Families
, a Lifetime reality show that gives fans a glimpse into her family life. The next month, Raisman, along with Simone Biles, Gabby Douglas, Laurie Hernandez and Madison Kocian, officially made the 2016 U.S. Olympic team. Raisman and teammate Douglas, who was also a member of the gold medal-winning team in 2012, are the first American women gymnasts to return to the Olympics since Dominique Dawes and Amy Chow in 2000.