Just days into the Olympics, we’ve already been graced with world records, Hannah Montana reboot buzz (yes, this is weirdly Olympics-related) and baby Boomer attending his first games with daddy, Michael Phelps. Totally (overly?) enthusiastic parents have also been putting smiles on our faces while they shout encouragement from the stands, cheer after wins and offer comfort when losses occur. Gymnast Aly Raisman knows this rollercoaster well, as do her parents. While their daughter competes for world-class medals, Lynn and Rick Raisman are competing for best routine themselves while nervously mimicking Aly’s every move.
When Rick first became aware of his penchant for in-seat gymnastics, he told USA Today, “I’m a little horrified right now. Oh my gosh!” But then added, “It’s just one of those moments. It’s just so magnified. Every single twist and turn. It’s just crazy.” Lynn was a little more laid-back about it, saying, “It’s funny.”
And this isn’t the first time the Raismans have reacted this way. It seems to be their normal mode while watching their daughter compete. Check out the duo watching Aly compete back in 2012.
With Aly taking second place in the women’s floor exercise qualifications, perhaps her parents’ nervous-yet-supportive moves are just what’s needed to score big — y’know, along with oodles of skill and tons of hard work ;)
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