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.

5 NCAA Gymnasts To Watch At Elevate The Stage Toledo

With the conclusion of World Championships and the start of NCAA preseason exhibitions, it's almost time for the collegiate gymnastics season to begin. FloGymnastics will be providing coverage of several NCAA meets, including the NCAA meets at Elevate the Stage Toledo. Competing at Elevate the Stage gives collegiate teams the valuable opportunity to compete on podium, the same raised setup used at NCAA Championships. 

Jade Carey To Represent USA At 2018 Turnier der Meister World Cup

Jade Carey, Trevor Howard, and Marvin Kimble have been selected to represent the U.S. at the Turnier der Meister World Cup in Cottbus, Germany, Nov. 22-25, 2018.

5 Gymnasts Who Impressed At The 2018 World Championships But Went Unnoticed

At major international meets like the World Championships, it's easy for medalists and gymnasts from top countries to be noticed. Those are the gymnasts who receive the most coverage and attention. However, there are several gymnasts that go relatively unnoticed despite having a good meet, especially those who compete only in qualifications. Here are five gymnasts who did well in Doha but were under the radar.

Simone Biles Leads D-Scores At 2018 Gymnastics World All-Around Final

Simone Biles won the 2018 women's all-around title at the 2018 Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Doha, Qatar, despite mistakes on three events, hurting her execution scores. What helped her finish the meet on top even with two falls was her difficulty score, which leads the entire women's all-around field by nearly three points. 

Help Change A Coach's Life: Vote Now For The 2018 Hometown Hero Award!

Hometown Heroes — an award to recognize the finest coaches in the country who make an impact in the community by changing high school-age athletes' lives for the better. You have from now until Friday, November 16, to vote for the 2018 Hometown Heroes Award. The winner to take home $25,000!

Highs And Lows Of The 2018 Artistic Gymnastics World Championships

Relive some of the most exciting and the most heartbreaking moments of the 2018 artistic gymnastics World Championships in Doha, Qatar.

USA Gymnastics Response Statement To USOC's De-Recognition Letter

Quote and letter via USA Gymnastics:

“The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) issued a letter today to USA Gymnastics initiating actions pursuant to Article 8 of its bylaws, which could ultimately result in the de-recognition of USA Gymnastics as a National Governing Body (NGB). This action is in accordance with their bylaws, which grant the USOC the power to review all matters relating to the continued recognition of an NGB. USA Gymnastics is carefully reviewing the contents of this letter and is evaluating the best path forward for our athletes, professional members, the organization and staff."USA Gymnastics’ board was seated in June 2018 and inherited an organization in crisis with significant challenges that were years in the making. In the four months since, the Board has done everything it could to move this organization towards a better future. We immediately took steps to change the leadership and are currently conducting a search to find a CEO who can rebuild the organization and, most importantly, regain the trust of the gymnastics community. Substantial work remains — in particular, working with the plaintiffs and USA Gymnastics’ insurers to resolve the ongoing litigation as quickly as possible. We will continue to prioritize our athletes’ health and safety and focus on acting in the best interests of the greater gymnastics community.”

USOC Takes Action To Revoke USA Gymnastics' National Governing Body Status

Press release by UNITED STATES OLYMPIC COMMITTEE | NOV. 05, 2018, 5:08 P.M. (ET)

Veterans Biles, Hurd Lead The Way For Team USA Youngsters At Worlds

When the United States Gymnastics team landed in Doha, Qatar, two weeks ago, they had one thought on their minds: The women’s team had won the last four World Championship team titles, and they didn’t want to be the squad that broke the streak.

Biles Completes Worlds Medal Haul, Mikulak Medals On Final Day In Qatar

Though Saturday marked the conclusion of the 2018 Artistic Gymnastics World Championships, the final day of competition was nothing short of exciting. After winning bronze and gold medals on balance beam and floor exercise, respectively, Simone Biles increased her World medal count to 20, making her the most decorated female gymnast in World Championships history. She advanced to and medaled on every final possible, completing her Qatar medal haul with four golds, one silver, and one bronze.