BURLINGTON (CBS) – Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman needed a police escort Thursday morning to get back to her gym in Burlington.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Carl Stevens reports

media Aly Raisman Gets Huge Welcome Home At Burlington Gym

Raisman talks to reporters. (Photo courtesy: Bree Sison)

The Needham native was the guest of honor at a “welcome home” celebration at Brestyan’s Gym, where she’s trained six days a week for years on her way to becoming captain of the U.S. Olympic Gymnastics team.

Several hundred fans lined the streets around the facility as she arrived to cheers in the front seat of a Burlington police cruiser.

A tent was set up outside, so Raisman could talk to reporters, show off the two gold medals and one bronze she won at the London Games, and sign autographs.

She said Thursday’s event left her “speechless.”

Photos: Golden Girl Aly Raisman

The carnival-like atmosphere also included balloons, t-shirts, popcorn and ponies across the street.

Raisman will be home for about a week before joining her ‘Fierce Five’ teammates on a nationwide tour.


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