Raisman's parents talk about her performance
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LONDON (WHDH) -- If there was anyone in the arena on Sunday night who might have had more butterflies than Aly Raisman and her coaches; it sure looked like it was her parents.
Aly’s parents watched intently from the stands, rooting on their little girl with the Olympic-sized dream.
“I started crying…when she was in first place…There were many points that were overwhelming,” said Lynn Raisman, Aly’s mother.
7’s Anne Allred caught up with Lynn and Rick Raisman as soon as they returned from Aly’s qualifiers -- the day they watched their daughter cause one of the biggest Olympic shockers in women’s gymnastics.
“I kept saying, ‘oh my gosh we’re at the Olympics, we’re at the Olympics.’ So you wanna soak it in, but it’s so nerve racking because you just want it for them so much. Because you know what they’ve put into it and it’s just unbelievable,” said Lynn Raisman.
It was an unbelievable performance for Aly, but during the competition never once did she scan the crowd for her 10 family members who crossed the pond. She never sought that reassuring eye contact or supportive smile.
“We were really close to the bars and I was like nobody say anything to her, be really quiet,” said Lynn Raisman. “She just doesn’t like to see us during the meet.”
But before the meet, she called like she always does, just to quickly hear the comforting sound of her parents’ voices.
“Very brief. Not much said. Just good luck, we love you have fun and then she just does her thing,” said Rick Raisman.
“This was her dream. Her goal and what she worked so hard for, so it’s great to see her hopefully have it,” said Rick Raisman.