Aly Raisman has won gold -- again. The Needham resident cinched her second gold medal on Aug. 7 for the women's floor exercise final, her third medal after a bronze finish on balance beam earlier that day.

Aly Raisman has won gold -- again. The Needham resident cinched her second gold medal on Aug. 7 for the women's floor exercise final, her third medal after a bronze finish on balance beam earlier that day.


Raisman tackled the routine with no sign of reservation, despite the pressure of it being her last chance at gold. Known for her challenging yet consistent floor routine, Raisman exceeded expectations and gave a near-flawless performance to "Hava Nagila."


Needham's newly-crowned Olympian will return to even greater fanfare than expected. After one gold medal, the town burst in excitement and put up banners and signs cheering on their "Golden Girl." Officials hosted a "Rally for Aly" to watch a live stream of the individual finals on Aug. 2 and more than 400 people attended the event, with camera crews, state legislators and aspiring local gymnasts filling Town Hall.


When she comes home with three medals, two gold and one bronze, Needham will welcome back not just a gold medalist but a world-class Olympian. Officials say a large, public event, possibly a parade, is in the works, but plans are not set until they've confirmed with the Raisman family.


 


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