Among the more popular U.S. Olymp-ians is Aly Raisman, an 18-year-old Jewish gymnast from the Boston area, whose star has been rising in London for a few reasons. First, it was her song choice for the floor exercise routine — an instrumental version of “Hava Negilla” that she had used last week at the preliminaries.
Then, it was the results shocker: She was one of two Americans to qualify for the all-around individual finals, outscoring teammate and two-time world champion Jordyn Wieber for the second spot.
Then, it was a television interview she gave NBC, as Wieber was crying in the background (although the video gained popularity because of the network’s decision to show Raisman with Wieber in the background), in which she expressed her happiness and surprise at reaching the finals.
Then, it was her parents, Ricky and Lynn, who stole the show in a video that shows them anxiously observing her routine from the stands. The video became an instant hit on the Internet.
Finally, Raisman showed everyone why she is at the Olympics, as her floor exercise routine helped win the gold for Team USA in women’s gymnastics.