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

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'

Aly Raisman- 'I Hate The Number Four' - Qualifications, 2015 World Championships

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

Aly Raisman dishes on Dancing With the Stars

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.

U.S. Names Women's Team For 2018 Pan American Championships

Following the conclusion of the 2018 U.S. Gymnastics Championships, USA Gymnastics has named the U.S. women's team for the 2018 Pan American Championships, set to be held Sept. 14-16, in Lima Peru. The championships serves as the qualification for the 2019 Pan American Games, which will also be held in Lima, Peru. 

Biles Wins 2018 US Gymnastics Championships By Huge Margin

Interview: Simone Biles - Day 1, 2018 US Championships

Simone Biles secured her fifth National Championship title tonight, totaling a 119.850 over two days of competition. In addition to her all-around win, she also won every individual event title. Morgan Hurd followed in second place in the all-around with a 113.300, and Riley McCusker placed third with a 112.750.

Kerry Perry Addresses Media At 2018 U.S Gymnastics Championships

For the second time since taking the helm of USA Gymnastics, Kerry Perry sat down with media to read a statement about USA Gymnastics’ current initiatives and answer a number of questions, including several pertaining to her communication with Simone Biles, Madison Kocian and Kyla Ross. The first time she spoke to a group of media was off the record at the 2018 GK U.S. Classic.

Leanne Wong Wins 2018 Junior National Gymnastics Title In Close Competition

Interview: Leanne Wong - Day 1, 2018 US Championships

GAGE’s Leanne Wong secured the Junior National Championship title today, totaling a 112.250 over two days of competition. She was followed by Kayla DiCello with a 111.200, and Sunisa Lee with a 111.050. The junior event champions include DiCello on vault, Lee on bars, Konnor McClain on beam, and Wong on floor.

Sam Mikulak Secures 5th U.S. Gymnastics National All-Around Title

Interview: Sam Mikulak - Day 1, 2018 US Championships

After a strong performance on the second day of competition for the senior men, USOTC's Sam Mikulak secured his fifth National Title with a massive 172.900. Following Mikulak was Oklahoma's Yul Moldauer with a 168.150, and Oklahoma's Allan Bower with a 166.950.

Simone Biles Finishes On Top On Day 1 Of 2018 U.S. Gymnastics Championships

Interview: Simone Biles - Day 1, 2018 US Championships

Simone Biles took the top spot in the senior session on Day 1 of the 2018 U.S. Championships, with an all-around score of 60.100. She was followed by Morgan Hurd in second place with a 57.00 and Riley McCusker in third place with a 56.050. Gymnasts will compete again on Sunday evening, when a new senior National Champion will be crowned.

Leanne Wong Leads Juniors In Day 1 Of 2018 U.S. Gymnastics Championships

Leanne Wong - Bars - 2018 US Championships Podium Training

Leanne Wong emerged as the leader on Day 1 of the 2018 U.S. Gymnastics Championships in Boston, with a total all-around score of 56.400. She was followed by Sunisa Lee with a 55.900, and Kayla DiCello in third place with a 55.250. Gymnasts will compete again on Sunday, when the final rankings will be established. 

Sam Mikulak Leads All-Around After Day 1, 2018 US Gymnastics Championships

Interview: Sam Mikulak - Day 1, 2018 US Championships

Sam Mikulak of the USOTC leads the senior men's all-around standings with an 85.15 after the first night of competition at the 2018 US Gymnastics Championships, in Boston, MA. Akash Modi of Stanford posted the second highest all-around score with an 84.1 and Allan Bower of Oklahoma followed in third with an 83.85.

Biles, Mikulak, & GAGE: Top 5 Storylines At The US Gymnastics Championships

Simone Biles - Interview - 2018 GK US Classic

Simone Biles. Sam Mikulak. Competition for a worlds national team. 

Travel Preparation With Betsy Bootcamp: Eating Healthy On The Go

In the past three months, I've visited 16 gyms and have about eight more to go. Needless to say, I've almost literally be living in airports and hotels.