Gymnastics News Network
By: Nicole Chappell
Two-time Olympian Aly Raisman has just announced her dedication to take on her next goal, the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan! With the 2012 London Olympics and 2016 Rio Olympics now under her belt, Raisman is more confident than ever that she can become a US Olympic team member for the third time. If Aly Raisman can pull this off, she will be following in “Magnificent Seven” member Dominique Dawes’ footsteps by competing in three consecutive Olympics. What an incredible feat!
Many would agree that based on Raisman’s performance in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, she can only expect to get better with age and more training. Believed to be at her prime in the 2012 Olympics in London, Raisman came back four years later, stronger than ever, outshining her competitors at the 2016 Rio Olympics, which earned her a second silver All-Around medal, under teammate Simone Biles, along with a team gold and silver on floor exercise.
With Simone Biles, (arguably the greatest gymnast of all time) taking a year-long break, and remaining on the fence about continuing her competitive gymnastics career, Raisman is left with an incredible opportunity to finally earn All-Around gold at the 2020 Tokyo Games that she has been yearning for since 2012. Aly has proven so far that aside from Biles, she is the one to beat. Her rock-solid consistency, confidence and high difficulty skill set sets her apart from her competitive counterparts. With Simone possibly out of the running, as long as Aly is injury-free, she won’t be stopped in Tokyo. We are hopeful that Aly can achieve her dream of a third Olympics, as well as Olympic All-Around gold, and are excited to see how she progresses over the next four years.
Source: Team USA
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