U.S. Gymnast's Victory Is Overshadowed By Her Parents' Wacky Sideline Behavior (VIDEO)

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aly raisman parentsEighteen-year-old gymnast Aly Raisman is representing the United States in the 2012 London Olympics, but one cameraman caught the show her parents put on in the stands. Lynn and Rick Raisman really get into watching their daughter’s performance -- really, really get into it.

I think it’s adorable. I love hearing stories of involved, encouraging parents, and Aly’s are most definitely supportive of her budding athletic career. As the Olympian competed in the team qualifiers today, NBC captured her parents watching with what we’ll call exuberance

Mom Lynn bobs and weaves in her seat, shouting the occasional, “Come on, Aly!” or “You got it, Aly!” to her daughter. Her contortions are reminiscent of the bowler that wills the bowling ball back to the center of the lane when it veers toward the gutter -- as if she could get Aly to “stick it!” by the sheer power of her brain. 

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Dad Rick joins in with the wincing about half way through, and together with his wife, they lean backward and forward in unison, obviously hoping and praying that Aly doesn’t mess up. By the time she’s finishing up, her parents are literally on the edge of their seats, and when she sticks the landing, they both scream, “Yeah!” and dad jumps out of his seat with a triumphant fist pump. Then they both collapse with sighs of relief and dad offers the crowd one last cry of victory. 

I love that the cameraman caught this moment of parenting intensity. I can only imagine how much the Raismans have invested in their daughter’s success -- it takes an incredible amount of time, money, and commitment to raise an Olympian, and now the stakes are even higher for Aly. She made the team, but wasn’t expected to qualify for the all-around. That changed when reigning world champion Jordyn Wieber took a step out of bounds and lost her place to compete in the all-around competition. 

Sad news for Jordyn, but exciting news for Aly, who is obviously no longer overshadowed by the superstar and on track to make a name for herself. No wonder her parents are so intense -- it’s a whole new game now.

Good luck, Aly! I’ll be watching for you ... and your awesome parents. 


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Meg Moore

loved it

bills... billsfan1104

I have loved watching the parents in these games.  I have cried along with them, cheered with them, and laughed with them too.  I saw this last night and laughed my ass off.  It was so cute. 

MNMOr... MNMOrange

It looked like something was seriously wrong with her mother. It seems like they want it more than her.

Sherzine M

Nothing is wrong with her mother... Have you never seen video gamers leaning to one side or bouncing off the seat as if that will help them play... it's a natural human reaction especially considering that they probably know her routine inside and out...

Cynthia Parten

I don't know how you could have looked at Aly's face and thought her parents wanted it more than her. She looked so incredibly happy to have that spot. Like the author said, I am sure her parents have invested a lot (financially and emotionally) into Aly's career. So yes, they are as excited as Aly when she made the spot on tha all-around team. I think her parents' reaction was incredibly sweet.

Jennifer Kupper Swan

I don't think her parents overshadowed her (they were as much fun to watch as Aly).  I do think NBC overshadowed her victory by continuously focusing in on Jordan's hearbroken tears while interviewing her as the commentators interjected constantly about how hard it was on Jordan and how this was not the time to speak with her about it.  I think all of us knew without having to hear it said and focused on, how devastating it was on Jordan.

jinxmom jinxmom

 both of them look like they were on the verge of breakdowns, heart attacks. But I understood like pps said, they have supported her through this emotionally, financially, etc.

Amber... Amberleigh81

I think they're adorable. How sweet that this devotion was caught on camera! :)

nonmember avatar Michelle

Jenny, are you actually a parent? If my daughter EVER got to the Olympics you bet your ASS I would be freaking out watching her compete! The amount of sacrifice that goes into these Olympic dreams is insane, and I would relish every second of it whether a medal is earned or not. These parents have earned the right to do whatever the hell they want...way to go, Aly!

PonyC... PonyChaser

The parents deserve it as much as the athlete does. They may not be on the floor, in the pool, on the track... but they're just as invested. I would be doing exactly the same thing if it was MY son out there! Good for them, and congratulations to her! I hope she and the rest of the girls kick butt going forward.

Side note... I'm so PISSED at the rule that is keeping Jordyn out of the All-Around. It's a stupid rule, and has no place in the Olympics. It should be the top 24 gymnasts, regardless of the country they represent. Bela Karolyi is right; Jordyn was robbed.

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