Aly Raisman: The quest begins, pt. 1
Mon, 9 Jul 2012|
From Part 1 of the three-part documentary, Raisman's coming of age under Alicia Sacramone and her training as a youth
Okay. What happened in Tokyo at the world championships was -- bleachers are -- you -- club made. Had been -- the mother and I mean not just here but in preview issues of the Olympics and other world championships. Suddenly she goes down tears your Achilles ought to know where on the eve of the championships. I was done really hot and then I was really tired and I was all over the place and signed her main club. And I remember I was freaking out and so they sent me -- -- signing well then. I was just sitting on the flat 9 PM on the block can only -- first on our card team and Giants -- -- -- friends you are right serve back. And I think that. She didn't want to admit to herself that she -- -- bare -- sitting there icing parent ankles and they're not freaking out when. I heard about it instantly and digest I couldn't believe that it happened to. It was shocking and extremely disappointing because she really is just a phenomenal athlete. Down would have helped team USA and measurably at those world championships -- going to have a chance to talk to really -- I really -- the first one to do that. Right after she got injured everybody's kind of teased Alley kind of -- career high in comparison to really show that -- The mini me Alley without a -- -- there throughout the championships. Was just an amazing athlete rock salad to. Everything that team USA is going to want to. I'm first competition they want my form points -- hey let's have made that living in the same -- eighteen finals just because you went. I'd be able to have a -- -- I -- -- next and I had never -- around champions and -- -- -- -- dash Friday he'd just answer me on the ground. The US was able to capture gold despite the loss of a leash as acrimony. Giving seventeen year old -- race when the opportunity to lead her team to the top of the podium in Tokyo. Earning a bronze medal for individual floor exercise as well -- solidified yourself as one of gymnastics newest rising stars. Getting that. -- -- on a bronze analysts such a huge honor is so exciting just because I -- watched. The other bells in 20032000. And Saturday. I win the team gold medals and mile to be a part of that experience that myself let's just got signs. I'm gone forth so many times I was so close to being on the podium so finally getting that front -- is really special to. To me it was a huge reality for LA that she kind. -- her name in depth look at me you know I should be on this list here and if somebody is not putting -- policemen. On the potential list to be. I had 2012 Olympics and then they don't want to talking about. One of the things that mixes -- your usual. This -- so many of the 2008 silver medalist wanted to come back really only five of the six wanted to. But it's a very tough team to make and I think people justifiably looking at me who's new. He's doing right now because that's very much for gymnastics about who's doing it right this minute. But I think they'd be on the gold medal team in being one of the main reasons why that team won gold. Certainly put rally in the forefront -- the -- medal also now you look at someone that you get you a couple of minutes in goal for people who got. She was not far from getting an all around medal. So in terms of who were limited looking up when you're clearly divisions -- -- -- The rally was right there with a. I think that average since I was glad I'm president elect -- rallies seemed dead. Being an island in him being an only ten -- volleys to spend nine dedicated and had such huge passion. Champions do not emerge onto the global stage overnight especially in the world the gymnastics. Years of dedication and tutelage under some of the sport's most experienced coaches that shaped -- into the -- and she is today. I mean I was looking at all every single day -- -- golf up to vote him and I say yeah out of routine as it took him in the gym all the time about it. In some people who know -- -- -- -- I can how -- us. These colors this coach policies can -- guys that see you almost feel bad about. Old -- a phenomenal whereas Torres not -- see these great. Alex to Milicic knows better than most what it takes to become a world champion as he was a member of the USSR as the men's national gymnastics team. -- won gold in 1985. And 1988. Alex came to United States and again coaching excel gymnastics and Massachusetts. -- -- -- -- -- -- They have to take shape. Restart and went -- -- tears I'll let mommy neat classes and and I'm I was -- -- salad. To us about. From the sixth to hold this kid here in the -- -- this is very strong she was horrible it's eighteen or something. As I remember that Alley she started very little he would excel at doing recreational classes and we immediately spotted a talent. But she has something else. And what she can is it difficult to explain she hasn't really need to do. She says. -- in goal and she knows how to reach its goal. It's not. Everybody says she might not have been the most talented when she was younger but she always. Seemed like she always out -- everybody so it would always take her a little longer to get as skilled as someone else when she got it should not always. Just she just had that. -- work approach that just keep working keep working hard work on. It was coming from Alley not from the parents -- support oh lead but they never -- erupted. -- -- -- Never tried to -- Maybe take over as coach is definitely communication -- -- You know not. Too much but we are happy -- talent I don't necessarily. Know that we wouldn't last ten -- I -- some changes. You -- coaches. It. -- the gym at the same time so it was quite a change. They need to decision to go and do -- league program had questions gymnastics at that point. We did figured she's got -- -- -- doesn't make sense to go somewhere where they have. I wanted to travel rest is because -- -- -- Ernie has many parents. She had me trying -- Jackson for a month extension -- is. They're really allowed sign me that I just find -- get a shot parent. And even at that time wasn't like oh she's going in the Olympics and we'll get some. Now the Sixers -- you just like some every normal kid just doing gymnastics and now I -- I obviously had a different level of coaching so. It just kind of took its course we did and support you know spending club -- king weekend. Do that you need to GoDaddy if you want to be like Kenny as the only place you can do -- -- -- to us when we saw her like the way she has these spot. -- you know they were patient for the sport how -- from the beginning looks like a very good community. You know she knows what she won. She knows she wanted to be -- she wanted to be a good team. She broke up two on the show because she was kind of role more than four all the missed chooses and she does OK I wanna do that.