The Vault: The Safest Bet This Weekend Is That Aly Raisman Won’t Lose

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Here’s a non-definitive list of bets you could make on this weekend’s Super Bowl LLII: the color of Pink’s hair, whether or not New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick will wear his famous (or infamous, depending on your viewpoint) hoodie, and what color Gatorade will be dumped on the winning coach.

But here’s one bet you could make and feel pretty good about: Aly Raisman isn’t going to lose as she spearheads reform in gymnastics. As revelations in the Larry Nassar case continue to come to light, the Massachusetts gymnast is a leading voice — maybe the leading voice — in tackling the gymnastics culture problem.

If anyone can win this battle, it's Aly Raisman.

Raisman, of course, has six Olympic medals to her name — including three gold — four at the world championships, and around 10,000 in other competitions (probably). But it’s not just the hardware that sets Raisman apart. She really, really hates losing, and she’s not shy about saying it.

In honor of Raisman and her quest to rebuild gymnastics, we’ve taken a dive into the FloGymnastics vault to show just how long she’s been steamrolling her way to victory.

2015: 'I Hate No. 4'

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During qualifications for the 2015 World Championships in Glasgow, Raisman stood fourth in the all-around following her subdivision (she ended up fifth overall) despite a less-than-stellar performance.

For most gymnasts, that day alone would an accomplishment of epic proportions that you’d want to make sure every friend knew about; it’d be something you remember fondly for the rest of your life.

This, though, was how Raisman responded: “I feel like I wanna go die in a hole right now.”

As we all know, the real reason Raisman hates fourth is because of the 2012 Olympics — when, in the same event, she lost a bronze tiebreaker to Aliya Mustafina of Russia and placed, well, fourth.

That memory, plus the qualifications finish, led her to conclude: “I hate the number four."

2013: Dancing With The Stars Relights The Competitive Fire

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After an absurdly successful 2012 Olympics — individual gold on floor, individual bronze on beam, team gold, and the aforementioned almost-but-not-quite-podium finish in the all-around — Raisman was a bit of a celebrity, and that newfound notoriety included an appearance on the 16th season of Dancing with the Stars.

In the lead-up to the airing date, she talked about the link between her sport and dancing.

“I miss gymnastics, and I miss being competitive. But I already feel that really competitive side of me getting there. If I don’t get a step right away, I get really frustrated. And I just wanna do everything perfectly. . . . I’m excited to get back into that mode again.”

2011: Where It All Began

Meet the Elite: Aly Raisman

Before Rio, before London, and before Glasgow, Raisman was an elite gymnast on her way to conquering the world.

“I just love the feeling of accomplishment and going out there and competing,” she said in this interview from early in her career.

As much as Raisman loves competing — and winning — and as good as she obviously is at those two things, she’s probably finding the most satisfaction in what she’s doing now.

Gymnastics is at a scary crossroads, but there’s hope in knowing that Aly Raisman is one of the women leading the charge for positive, significant change.

The Vault: Riley McCusker Bounces Back At 2017 Jesolo After American Cup

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Last week we caught up with Riley McCusker’s coach Maggie Haney, saw McCusker’s new beam upgrades, and learned about her road to recovery.

2018 NCAA Elevate The Stage Toledo Promises Close Competition

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This Friday, February 23, FloGymnastics will be on-site and live-streaming the 2018 Elevate the Stage NCAA competition in Toledo, Ohio. The quad meet will play host to several close battles between No. 6 Michigan, No. 12 Denver, No. 37 Utah State and No. 38 Bowling Green. The meet serves as a great opportunity for the gymnasts to practice competing on podium before postseason. 

Brielle Nguyen Embraces Her Dream In Transition From Illinois To UCLA

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Less than a month after officially joining the UCLA women’s gymnastics team, Brielle Nguyen had a feeling she would be making her debut as a Bruin at the Reno Elevate the Stage meet on January 14. 

USA Gymnastics To Hold April Verification At World Champions Centre


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LIVE This Weekend On FloGymnastics: February 23-25

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Here's what to watch for this weekend on FloGymnastics, February 23-25.

Recapping the Action: Utah Edges UCLA, LSU Hits 198 Twice

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In a battle between the top two teams in the Pac-12, it came down to the final rotation. UCLA had the edge early on vault and maintained the lead through the second rotation after some uncharacteristic mistakes from both squads. But Utah cut down the lead in the third rotation, bolstered by MyKayla Skinner’s 9.975 on floor exercise to tie the meet, and earned the win in the final rotation 197.550 to 197.425.

U.S. Gymnasts Set To Compete At 2018 City of Jesolo Trophy


Eight U.S. elite gymnasts are set to compete at the 2018 City of Jesolo Trophy competition April 14-15 in Jesolo, Italy. USA Gymnastics will not be sending a team to the competition, but individual gymnasts have still opted to compete in the prestigious competition as individuals representing their club teams.

USA Gymnastics Names 2018 U.S. Men’s National Team Following Winter Cup


Following the conclusion of the 2018 Winter Cup Challenge, the U.S. Men’s Team was named for 2018 through the 2018 U.S. Championships in Boston, Mass., Aug. 16-19.

Roster: USA Gymnastics February National Team Verification Event

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USA Gymnastics has released more details for the upcoming February verification competition to be held at LSU's training facility in Baton Rouge, LA. 

USA Gymnastics Announces 14 On Interim Board Of Directors


Press release below via USA Gymnastics

INDIANAPOLIS — The interim Board of Directors of USA Gymnastics, which replaces the Board that resigned last month, will reflect the makeup of the 21-member Board that is identified in the current USA Gymnastics Bylaws, as outlined below.