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(NECN: Ally Donnelly) – It’s been a busy few weeks for golden girl Aly Raisman.
The Olympic gold medalist sat down with NECN’s Ally Donnelly.
Aly Raisman used to be a hard-working athlete from Needham, Mass. Now, she’s a star.
“I never expected so many people to wait around for me and watch me get interviewed and stuff. It means a lot. It's really cool,” the gold medalist says.
Everything changed for the powerhouse gymnast when she snagged two gold medals and a bronze in London. Since then, the teen has been on a whirlwind tour, meeting celebrities, hitting the talk show circuit, even being feted on the football field.
What does she think it is about women's gymnastics that makes everyone go so nuts?
“I don't know. I think that the fact that we're all really young and we do crazy, umm, flips and stuff like that.”
Raisman is talking with us on Needham Town Common, part of a media tour by her first big sponsor, Poland Spring water. She's kept an unopened bottle on her lap throughout the interview.
“I think if you just stay in shape and keep hydrated with Poland Springs water then you can do anything you set your mind to.”
As a beautiful, young, single woman, there's the inevitable talk of boys. The Twittersphere and gossip magazines churn out possibilities. Raisman herself has said she'd go on a date with boy bander Joe Jonas and Bruin Tyler Seguin. If pressed, she says she'd pick Seguin.
What would her parents like about Seguin?
“Probably the fact that they could go to Bruins games.”
With thousands of young fans looking up to her, Raisman says the most important thing for girls today is to stay grounded and be themselves. Her instant celebrity status has also made her internet fodder.
“Even though I went to the Olympics and I won two gold medals and a bronze medal, I'm sure there's plenty of people that don't like me and have something mean to say, but at the end of the day, I'm the one that made it to the Olympics and I'm happy and that's all that matters.”
Will she go to Rio in 2016?
“I definitely do want to do it. It just kind of depends on what happens…I just finished the Olympics so I'm excited for a little bit of a break, but I definitely do want to come back after because even being down at the Patriots field last night when I saw all the people in the stands I was like, ‘wow, I miss this already.’”
She’s a self-admitted junkie.
Aly wants to design her own line of work out gear and call it Luh-lah. When her younger sisters were babies, they couldn't pronounce her name, so they called Aly Luh-la. Aly’s dad still does.
Aly also plans on going to college.