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Alexandra Raisman

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Photo of gymnast Alexandra Raisman, 2010 world gymnastics team member

Alexandra Raisman at 2010 US nationals

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Alexandra (Aly) Raisman is a two-time world team member, leading the team to silver in 2010 and gold in 2011. She's also a member of the 2012 Olympic team that won gold, and an Olympic gold medalist on floor.

Three-Time Bronze Medalist:

Raisman has come in third all-around at the US nationals (called the Visa Championships) three times. In 2010, she earned the bronze behind Rebecca Bross and Mattie Larson, and in 2011, she took the third spot after Jordyn Wieber and McKayla Maroney. In 2012, she again earned the bronze, finishing behind Wieber and Gabrielle Douglas.

Super-Hard Tumbling:

Raisman is one of the best tumblers in the world. She competes a back 1.5 twist to Arabian double front, punch layout front, an Arabian double pike, and a triple full.

The dance aspect of floor isn't her strong suit, but she's working to improve her dance as well, and said in a 2011 press conference, "I'm trying to be more expressive and smile a bit more."

Veteran Teammate:

Raisman trained alongside 2008 Olympian Alicia Sacramone since she was young, at Brestyan's American Gymnastics. Sacramone has called Raisman her "mini-me" and the two have similar strengths: both are powerful on floor and vault, usually solid on beam, and weak on bars.

In a press conference in August 2011, Raisman talked about their relationship in the gym, saying, "We're both kind of similar, almost like sisters, so it's easy for us to understand each other. She's always there for me whenever I need someone to help me. She's like a role model...When I came to look at [Brestyan's] I was so excited to see her there because I wanted to be just like her."

Sacramone didn't end up making the 2012 Olympic team, and has since retired from the sport.

A Successful Worlds:

Raisman helped the US team win gold at the 2011 worlds, then earned a bronze on floor in event finals. She also placed fourth on beam and in the all-around, narrowly missing a spot on the medal stand.

Dreams of Olympic Gold:

Raisman told USA Today, "When I was younger, I actually used to be obsessed with the 1996 Olympics. I used to watch it literally every single day."

Dreams...Realized!:

Raisman had her dream come true in the Olympic team finals on July 31, 2012. She and the rest of the 2012 Olympic team rolled through the competition, winning gold by more than five points -- the first team to become Olympic champions since 1996.

London 2012:

After the high of winning team gold, Raisman finished just out of the medals in fourth in the all-around final. A good result, but Raisman was disappointed because she tied for the third highest score but lost the tie-breaker and ended up fourth. (See more on the controversial tie-breaking rules here.) She said after, "I was hoping they'd give us both a bronze medal, but obviously they didn't. It's definitely upsetting, but at the same time I'm happy for the girls who were on the podium tonight."

Raisman had two more chances at a medal, however, and both were successful. She earned bronze on beam (this time, winning a tie-breaker against Catalina Ponor), and the gold on floor.

Personal Info:

Alexandra (Aly) Raisman was born May 25, 1994 in Needham, MA. She began gymnastics in 1996, in a "Mommy and Me" class. Raisman is coached by Mihai Brestyan, and lists floor as her favorite event.

Raisman attended Needham High School until her junior year, and did her senior year online in order to train for the Olympics but still graduate with her class. She lists science as her favorite subject.

Gymnastics Results:

International:
  • 2012 Olympics: 1st team; 4th all-around; 3rd beam; 1st floor
  • 2012 American Cup: 2nd all-around
  • 2011 World Championships: 1st team; 3rd floor
  • 2011 American Cup: 3rd all-around
  • 2010 World Championships: 2nd team; 13th all-around; 4th floor
  • 2010 Pacific Rim Championships: 1st team; 2nd all-around; 2nd beam; 2nd floor
  • 2010 American Cup: 2nd all-around
  • 2009 Junior Pan American Championships: 1st team; 3rd all-around; 1st vault; 1st floor
National:
  • 2012 Olympic Trials: 3rd all-around; 1st beam; 1st floor
  • 2012 Visa Championships (US Nationals): 3rd all-around; 1st beam
  • 2011 Visa Championships (US Nationals): 3rd all-around; 6th beam; 3rd floor
  • 2011 CoverGirl Classic: 1st all-around; 1st vault (tie); 3rd beam; 1st floor
  • 2010 Visa Championships (US Nationals): 3rd all-around; 3rd beam; 3rd floor
  • 2010 CoverGirl Classic: 5th all-around; 5th beam; 5th floor
  • 2009 Visa Championships (US Nationals) (Junior): 3rd all-around; 5th vault; 2nd beam
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