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Alexandra Rose Raisman is an American gymnast. She is a two-time Olympian. She was a member and captain of both the 2012 “Fierce Five” and 2016 “Final Five” U.S. women’s Olympic gymnastics teams which won their respective team competitions.
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Key Facts & Information
Early Life and Education
- Aly Raisman was born on May 25, 1994 in Needham, Massachusetts to Lynn and Rick Raisman.
- Her mother was a high school gymnast.
- Aly Raisman is Jewish with Romanian roots.
- Aly Raisman has three younger siblings named Brett, Chloe, and Madison. She is the eldest.
- Aly Raisman graduated high school from Needham High School in 2012. She completed her senior year through online classes because she was training for the Olympics at that time.
- Aly Raisman went to Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts in 2013 before returning to her professional career.
- Aly Raisman got into gymnastics when she was two years old.
- Her inspiration was the “Magnificent Seven”, who were the gold medalists for US women’s team in the 1996 Summer Olympics.
- Aly started her training at Exxcel Gymnastics and Climbing until level 8.
- She then moved to Brestyan’s American Gymnastics Club coached by Mihai and Silvia Brestyan.
- She was trained together with Alicia Sacramone who she considers to be like an older sister.
- In April 2009, Aly Raisman joined the American Classic competition in San Diego, where she ranked tenth in the all-around.
- In July 2009, Aly Raisman joined the US Classic competition in Des Moines, Iowa where she ranked twelfth in the all-around.
- In August 2009, Aly Raisman joined the National Championships in Dallas. She ranked third in the all-around.
- In November 2009, she joined the Junior Pan American Championships in Aracaju, Brazil. She contributed scores of 14.950 on vault and 14.050 on floor exercise that ranked the American team in first place.
- For the individual competitions, she ranked third in the all-around, and first on vault and floor.
- In March 2010, Aly Raisman joined the American Cup in Worcester, Massachusetts ranking second in the all-around.
- Also in March 2010, she joined the City of Jesolo Trophy in Jesolo, Italy. She bagged the all-around with a score of 57.650.
- In May 2010, she joined at the Pacific Rim Championships in Melbourne, Australia. She contributed in winning the gold medal for the American team. She ranked second in the all-around competition; seventh on uneven bars; second on balance beam; and second on floor.
- In July 2010, she joined the US Classic in Chicago placing fifth.
- In August 2010, she joined the National Championships in Hartford, Connecticut, placing third in the all-around, balance beam, and floor.
- In October 2010, she joined the 2010 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Rotterdam, Netherlands, placing second for the American team.
- In March 2012, Aly Raisman joined the American Cup in New York City ranking second. She also joined the City of Jesolo Trophy ranking second.
- In May 2012, she joined the US Classic in Chicago and won the all-around.
- In June 2012, Aly Raisman competed at the National Championships in St. Louis, placing third in the all-around and first on beam and floor.
- In July 2012, she placed third all-around at the Olympic Trials in San Jose, California, and first on the balance beam and floor.
- She was chosen to become a team member to be sent to 2012 Summer Olympics and became the team’s captain at the age of 18.
- She went to the Olympics in London.
- She helped The Fierce Five (American team) rank in first place. She ranked second place in individual all-around, fifth on beam, and first on floor in the finals.
- She tied with Aliya Mustafina of Russia for the individual all-around. She lost the tie-breaker and ranked fourth.
- In the balance beam final, she won the bronze medal.
- In the floor final, she won first place, which made her the first American to win a gold medal on floor. It was also the highest score on floor exercise documented at a major international competition in the 2009-2012 Olympic squad.
- For that win, she performed using the song “Hava Nagila” and devoted her floor routine to the 11 Israeli Olympians who were killed by Palestinian terrorists at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich.
- In September 2012, Aly Raisman was bruised during the Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions in Ontario, California. She fell while performing a Maloney on the uneven bars and landed off the mats, injuring her knees.
- Aly Raisman was given the privilege of lighting the 2013 Maccabiah Games flame in Jerusalem, Israel.
- In March 2015, she joined the City of Jesolo Trophy and won the gold medal with the US team.
- In June 2015, she became a part of the board of Boston’s bid committee for the 2024 Summer Olympics. She also joined competitions in June, July, and August that year.
- At the Pacific Rim Championships in 2016, Aly Raisman won gold together with the US team.
- Aly Raisman won the US Classic in Hartford with a score of 59.250. She ranked first on vault and floor, third on beam, and seventeenth on uneven bars.
- In the Rio De Janeiro Olympics in 2016, Aly Raisman together with the US team won the gold medal. Aly alone won the silver medal for the all-around final and floor final.
- With a total of six Olympic medals, she became the second most decorated American Olympic gymnast next to Shannon Miller.
- Even though Simone Biles won the gold medals for the said event, Aly Raisman received praise for her dignity, maturity, and performances that have enhanced from 2012.
- Aly Raisman dated NFL player Colton Underwood.
- Aly Raisman’s book entitled Fierce came out on November 14, 2017.
- Aly Raisman courageously came forward as one of the many victims sexually abused by the former Olympic team physician, Larry Nassar, which started when she was 15.
- Aly Raisman was one of the many victims that read impact statements at Nassar’s sentencing on January 19, 2018.
- On February 28, 2018, Aly Raisman filed a lawsuit against USA Gymnastics and the USOC.
- On May 16, 2018, it was proclaimed that Aly Raisman and the other survivors of the sexual abuse would be awarded with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award.
Advocacies and Other Media
- Aly Raisman is currently a part of UNICEF Kid Power as a brand ambassador.
- Aly Raisman was the star of a documentary on Comcast Sportsnet entitled Aly Raisman: Quest for Gold. She was highlighted on the cover of the July 18, 2012 issue of Sports Illustrated together with the rest of the US women’s Olympic gymnastics team.
- In May 2018, Aly Raisman was co-featured in the Maroon 5 music video “Girls Like You.”
- On season 16 of Dancing With the Stars, Aly Raisman was a contestant and placed in fourth with two-time champion Mark Ballas.
Aly Raisman Worksheets
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- Aly Raisman Facts
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- True or False
- The Gymnast Life
- Fierce Five
- Other Olympians
- Aly The Advocate
- Aly The Author
- Fresh Off The Press
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