Aly Raisman's Parents Do More Gymnastics in the Stands Than She Does on the Floor
It's a nerve-wracking experience for any parent to watch a child compete. The parents of U.S. gymnast Aly Raisman have made it clear that the intensity for family members in the stands is turned up a few notches when that competition is a stage as big as the Olympics. They might feel the intensity of the moment more than anyone else in Rio.
Rick and Lynn Raisman squirm almost uncontrollably while their daughter competes. They did it in 2012 at the London Olympics, and they were at it again when Raisman competed in Rio on Sunday, as you can see in the video above. It's charming and amusing, but you feel their pain.
In 2012, after seeing his own reactions to his daughter's performance, Rick told the USA Today, "I'm a little horrified right now... At first we don't want her to know where we are in the stands so we're almost hiding. It's just one of those moments. It's just so magnified. Every single twist and turn. It's just crazy."
Aly has a good sense of humor about her parents' intensity. In 2012, she tweeted out "I love my parents" along with a video of their reaction to her competition. This year, she's been retweeting videos and memes of her parents.
Despite the fact that they react to gymnastics like they're watching The Blair Witch Project, there was some relief for them Sunday. For the second Olympics in a row, Aly has qualified for the all-around final, which will take place on August 9. Hopefully, NBC keeps one camera pinned to Rick and Lynn because the action in the stands could be just as entertaining as the action on the floor.
Dustin Nelson is a News Writer with Thrillist. He squirms like Raisman's parents when he's in line for donuts and scared the person ahead of him is going to take the last cookie dough donut. Follow him @dlukenelson.