2012 Summer Olympics

Aly Raisman's Parents Are All-Around Awesome in Olympic Reaction Video

Gabe ZaldivarPop Culture Lead WriterJuly 30, 2012

We have our first superstars of the 2012 Olympics, and they aren't even athletes. The instant celebrities are instead the parents of U.S. Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman. 

Here is what pain, anguish and love look like when mixed together and imbibed on the biggest gymnastic stage. 

The video is a brief breakdown of the mind, and it's beautiful. Lynn and Ricky Raisman slowly go insane as they watch their daughter perform before them. 

Aly would go on to shock the gymnastic world by qualifying for the all-around competition, usurping contender and fellow teammate Jordyn Wieber. 

It would not be without struggle, at least the struggle worn on the face of her parents. 

Remind me to never have an Olympic gymnast for a child, because it looks absolutely horrible. Sure, there is joy on the other side of this emotional roller coaster, but damn the journey looks painful. 

As Raisman is on the floor working her magic, her parents are in the stands walking a tight rope with their sanity. 

I have never actually seen a conniption fit, but I imagine we may before the Olympics are out. Raisman is going to the women's all-around, and that means a lot more anguish from the stands. 

I can't wait. 

Someone get a parent cam somewhere on my TV feed. 


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