Yearbook Pic Proves Gymnast Aly Raisman Always Knew She'd Go To The Olympics
Aly Raisman, who led the US women's gymnastics team to victory this week in Rio and four years ago in London, knew exactly where she would be today.
Tech Insider editor Emily Cohn actually went to summer camp with Raisman in 2003. She tweeted out this photo from their camp:
In the bottom left of the photo, you can see what Raisman predicted for her future. Back in 2003, Raisman was asked what she would be in 20 years. She said,
An Olympics gymnast.
Raisman's timing was a little off -- it only took her nine years after camp to become an Olympic gymnast (and 13 years to do it again).
If the Olympics teach you anything, it's that if you dream of something and work really, really, really, really hard at it, you can achieve it.
It was absolutely remarkable for Raisman to make the Olympic team two times in a row. Gabby Douglas joined her in this incredible feat. Gymnasts' peak careers are characteristically short given the way their changing bodies affects performance and the propensity for injury in the sport.
But Douglas and Raisman, who are 20 and 22, respectively, beat the odds to make their second Olympic team and then beat even more odds by winning the team competition back to back.
Raisman said Tom Brady actually helped her push to make the team again. She said she told him she was too old to compete in the Olympics again, and he shot her down. Raisman said,
And it's like, when quarterbacks win the Super Bowl, they don't ask them if they're done.
Douglas echoed her comments. She told NBC,
I've got the rest of my life to just chill back and lay back.
Instead of chilling and lying back, Douglas and Raisman are doing things like this:
Raisman and casually the greatest gymnast of all time, Simone Biles, are competing on Thursday for the individual all-around in Rio.