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I’m not an Olympic athlete. But I do live in the same town as one, so that’s basically the same thing. At least that is the sentiment of all my neighbors. Aly Raisman is one of us.

My little hometown of Needham, Massachusetts is beyond thrilled to have native Aly competing in gymnastics with Team USA, and she’s done us proud! After the team won Gold, she just missed medaling in the All-Around and won Gold in floor as well as Bronze in Beam – hollah!!

She Takes the Cake (literally!)

And the best part is watching fellow Needham-ites react to her success – like having flashing police signs around town congratulating her, and Sudbury Farms making cookie cakes dedicated to her. It’s one big party. No lie. It’s so much fun to have someone to root for and for our town to get some publicity for having such a young star. (Aly just graduated from high school!)

Since I’ve been so glued to watching Olympic gymnastics, I’ve found myself wondering:

1)    Why is it that when I think that a routine is amazing, the commentators will find something about it that was “catastrophic” ? (Like a gymnast’s foot landing an inch behind the other?) Ok, what do I know. I’m just a dancer.

2)    Am I  leaning to left … leaning to the right? Watching Aly’s parents is hilarious and possibly contagious. Perhaps the parental mimicry will make the Raisman’s famous, too (at least in our little town).

3)    Could it be that gymnasts’  facial expressions look so twisted because of how uncomfortable those leotards must be?

4)    The leos may be form fitting but I guess there are no regulations on hair styles?  The messy bun rules the USA team.

There’s no question, though, that these girls rock – go Aly!

Tell us what you think! @bodimojo and check out Annie’s post, too. One of her best friends trains as the same gym as Aly.


Remi Marin is a BodiMojo contributor and graduated from Needham High School last year. She’s proud to have Aly Raisman as a fellow NHS alumnus.




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