Aly Raisman's gym, hometown excited for her
NEEDHAM, Mass. (WHDH) -- From London to Massachusetts, Needham’s Aly Raisman is the talk of the gymnastics world.
Raisman floored her teammates by finishing first in the all-around qualification and the crowd cheered Aly on as she tumbled her way into the spotlight.
With the world watching, a Needham native took center stage at the Olympic Games, tumbling ahead of her teammates. Aly Raisman earned a spot in the women's gymnastics all around finals -- a victory that's hitting home in the place where her talents first took off.
“It was the floor routine. Once I saw the floor routine, I was like, ‘Done, she’s going -- she’s going all the way,’” said Rashawn Harrison, Brestyan’s Gym.
The Olympic performance is all the buzz at Brestyan's, the Burlington gym where Raisman trains. It’s a place where a crop of young gymnasts are working today to be more like the girl-next-door who just became a household name.
“I just hope she gets gold,” said one young gymnast.
The 18-year-old gymnast and her Olympic teammates are inspiring young athletes everywhere to push harder. And for that, people in Needham are showing their pride.
“Just gushing about how wonderful she did,” said Jack McQuillan.
Those who watch Aly train at Brestyan’s everyday say the stellar performance was no surprise. They’ve set a high bar for Raisman, the captain of the U.S. team, the top U.S. scorer in the qualifying round -- a gymnast who had already proven at home - she can lead.
“She's a great team leader in the gym every single day,” said one man.
The town of Needham says it will hold a celebration for the Olympian when she comes home.