Rio 2016: US gymnast Aly Raisman has the most nervous parents at the Olympics

Lynn and Rick Raisman first earned attention for their medal-worthy squirming at London 2012

Tim Walker
Monday 08 August 2016 19:07
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Raisman probably gave her parents palpitations when she almost lost her balance on the beam, but the two-time gold medallist made it through to the all-around gymnastics final regardless
Raisman probably gave her parents palpitations when she almost lost her balance on the beam, but the two-time gold medallist made it through to the all-around gymnastics final regardless

US gymnast Aly Raisman kept her cool as she completed her turn on the uneven bars on Sunday, getting through to the all-around gymnastics final for her second Olympics in a row as Team USA dominated the qualifying round in Rio.

Which is more than can be said for her parents, whose athletic display of nerves during their daughter’s routine would surely earn them a spot on the podium – if squirming were an Olympic sport.

Raisman, 22, the captain of the US women’s Olympic gymnastics team for the second time, already has three Olympic medals: two golds in the team and floor events at London 2012, plus a bronze in balance beam.

Her parents, Lynn and Rick, also became viral stars four years ago in London, when TV cameras first captured their vigorous cringing.

Raisman recently told NBC that her second bid for Olympic glory had been “just as stressful for my parents as it is for me.” Sure looks like it.

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