Aly Raisman returns to a hometown rally, talks about 2016
Aly Raisman, Olympic gymnastics gold medalist, returned to Burlington, Mass., this morning to Brestyans American Gymnastics, where she trained for the 2012 Olympics under coaches Mihai and Silvia Brestyan.
Driven in a police car, with sirens blaring, with a fire engine in tow, people were lined along Ray Avenue to greet Raisman, and throngs of children ran along side the police car as it slowed and made its way to the rally at Brestyans.
Raisman was greeted by a crowd of hundreds, consisting of aspiring young gymnasts and their families, her own friends and family and fans from far and wide.
Raisman answered questions about her immediate and future plans, and did her best to sign autographs, as fans waited in line for their turn.
"I'm still the same person I've always been. I still want to make new goals," Raisman said.
When asked how it feels to be an inspiration to young girls everywhere, Raisman said,"It means everything to me to be a role model and an inspiration to young girls. Because I was that little girl who looked up to Olympian gymnasts who inspired me."
Asked about the next Olympics, Raisman said, "2016 is in the back of my mind, but I'm just taking it one step at a time. Nothing has sunken in yet."
Raisman returned to Needham, Mass., recently and is expected to stay in her hometown for about two weeks before continuing to make other appearances nationally.
"I'm going to do as I always did, which is spending time with friends and family," Raisman said.