Aly Raisman is a gymnast whose career has been decorated with Olympic medals, World Championships, and Pacific Rim Championships. She has excelled both as an individual and a part of the US gymnastics team which she captained in 2012 and 2016.
Raisman is also a model. The badass gymnast has modeled for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue as well as for Aerie together with her mother and sister. Find out more about her below.
Who is Aly Raisman and How Old is She?
The beloved American gymnast was born Alexandra Rose Raisman on May 25, 1994, in Needham, Massachusetts, the U.S. By 1996 when she was only 2, she had already started getting involved in the sports after she joined her mother for a mommy and me class. At the time, she had so much energy in her and she channeled it into gymnastics.
Jewish and proud, Aly Raisman went to Needham High School from where she graduated in 2012. Because of her busy schedule, she took her final credits online and had also worked with independent teachers.
She trained at Brestyan’s American Gymnastics in Burlington, Massachusetts. Before then, she first trained at Excel Gymnastics until she was 10 when she moved.
In 2009, she became a force to reckon with in gymnastics after she made a good outing at the vice championships, junior division, where she won the all-round bronze medal. Her performance earned her a call to the Junior Pan American Championship team. This time around, she again won the all-round bronze medal as well as gold medals including on vault and floor.
From then on, there has been no backing down in her career. Aly Raisman was at the World Championships in 2010 with the US team where she won the silver medal while in 2011 and 2015, she won the Gold medals. At the 2012 Olympics, she captained the phenomenal US team which is now known as the Fierce Five to win Gold medal while she also excelled as an individual.
After the event, Aly was out of gymnastics until 2014 as a result of an injury she had. She would again captain the US team at the 2016 Olympics, known as the Final Five. The team which also had Simone Biles won the team event while Raisman took home the silver medal in the all-round, coming after Biles. By the end of the 2016 Olympics, Aly Raisman became the most decorated American gymnast at the Olympics events only after Shannon Miller.
Aly Raisman has been praised as a role model for many thanks to her activities as a sportsperson as well as away from the sport. She was at the forefront of the charge that led to the dismissal of Larry Nassar (former USA Gymnastics national team doctor) who has sexually abused many children for 30 years including Aly Raisman when she was 15. During the shocking trial, she was one of those that have decided to come out and face their abuser, something that has given strength to many others.
After she helped in getting the former USA Gymnastics national team doctor convicted for his serial child molestation, Raisman also took her battle against the United States Olympic Committee accusing them of doing nothing even though there were many complaints against Nassar.
Meet Her Parents
The success of Aly has obviously been thanks to her hard work, but there is also the strong support she received from her family. She was born to parents; Lyn and Richard Raisman. Lyn was also involved in gymnastics when she was in high school while her father played hockey and baseball.
Back in 2011, she was gifted a new Land Rover LR2 by her father who saw the car and felt she would love it. Before then, the young gymnast was driving her mother’s old car.
Aly Raisman is not the only child of her parents. She also has three younger siblings; a brother and two sisters. It was reported that her brother, Brett played hockey, a sport that their father also played. Chloe, her other sister was said to be a horse rider while the youngest member of the family Madison also rides horses.
What is the Height of Aly Raisman
Needless to say, Raisman has reached a height that not many people can. However, she is not blessed with the gift of height. She stands at only 5 feet 2 inches tall. More so, she has a bodyweight of 52 kg.
Even though she revealed that she had some insecurities about her body, she has now come to embrace it and has been involved in modeling.