Olympic champion Aly Raisman honored in return to Needham

NEEDHAM, MA (WHDH) — Gymnast Aly Raisman got a hero’s welcome Saturday following her medal-winning performances at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

The 22-year-old’s suburban Boston hometown of Needham hosted a “Rally for Aly” Saturday morning.

Hundreds of people came out to honor Raisman’s amazing achievements in Brazil.

The crowd also included young girls who said they are inspired by Aly’s hard work and success.

Raisman won two individual silver medals and a team gold medal in the games that wrapped up earlier this month.

Raisman even gave some advice to gymnasts who also want to compete in the Olympics one day.

“The best advice I would give is that the harder days are what make you stronger, if you always had a perfect day or a good day you would never be able to improve,” she said.

After enjoying the recognition from her hometown, she took a moment to thank those in her own home.

“I want to thank my parents, they’re in the room with me now, for all their support,” she said. “I’m sorry for putting them through all the stress!”

Raisman has the second most Olympic medals by a gymnast, with six. Former Olympian Shannon Miller has seven.

The town hosted a parade and rally for Raisman when she returned from the 2012 Olympic games in London with two gold medals and a bronze medal.


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