Reporting Mark Katic
BOSTON (CBS) – They call her the golden girl of Needham; Olympic champion Aly Raisman. On Friday, her tired, proud, and very happy father, Rick Raisman returned home from London with 3 of his 4 kids after watching his gymnast daughter win 2 golds and a bronze medal at the Olympics.
WBZ NewsRadio 1030′s Mark Katic reports:
The Raismans, minus Aly and her mom, landed at Logan Airport on Wednesday, a day after Aly
became the most decorated gymnast on this year’s U.S. team.
If you’ve watched Aly’s performances you’ve also seen her parents Rick and Lynn, nervously watching from the stands.
“It was pretty tough to watch, but it’s all worth it,” Rick Raisman told WBZ-TV. “She’s the one who did all the work and put all the time and effort in so for her to have all her dreams come true and do what she set out to do is great.”
Rick says Aly winning gold in the floor exercise in her last event was amazing.
“I just wanted to hope that she would land that first pass, and if she landed that first pass I felt pretty good that she would be able to finish good,” Rick told reporters before heading home with the kids to Needham.
He and his wife became an Internet sensation during the Games as cameras watched them watching Aly.
Aly’s brother Bret was also in London supporting his sister. He had a different favorite event to watch.
“Probably the team final. That was like great because she was the captain and that was like the one goal that the girls had,” said Bret.
Aly and her mom are staying for the closing ceremonies.
“She’s doing great. I think they’re sightseeing today,” Rick said.
And with Aly’s Olympic medals, there’s also a slowly growing realization that life is going to change.
“It really hasn’t hit us yet, you know what I mean. But it’s very surreal. We’re so proud of her and we’re so glad she could represent the United States like that,” Rick said.
In a couple of weeks Aly is going on the road, a 40 city tour with the team. In the meantime, Rick tells us he’s not sure when Aly is coming home because from London the team goes to New York. But you can bet when she does get back Needham is going to roll out the red carpet.