Aly Raisman’s all-around routines and her parents’ reactions side by side

Aly Raisman's all-around routines and her parents' reactions side by side

Aly Raisman made her senior competitive debut in 2010, has competed at five national championships, three world championships and two Olympic Games. But it never gets easier for her parents, who admit to being nervous wrecks whenever their daughter steps onto the competition floor.

Watch Lynn and Rick Raisman’s reactions side-by-side with Aly’s uneven bars, beam and floor routines during the all-around final.

This isn’t a new development, of course. Lynn and Rick went viral at the 2012 London Olympics for their shouts of “Catch it! Catch it! STICK IT!” from the stands. But Lynn’s nervous tendancies date back a lot futher. When Aly was a 10-year-old gymnast, she and Lynn and watched Carly Patterson win all-around gold at the 2004 Athens Olympics. Lynn said, “Oh, my god, I don’t even know her and I’m so nervous. Her mom must be a wreck. Thank goodness like this isn’t something I’ll have to do.” Watch what happened next here:

At the 2016 P&G Championships, Lynn and Rick hadn’t learned how to control their nerves.

And when the Rio Olympics began, they found themselves having viral-worthy freakouts yet again–with Rick apparently wearing the same shirt he wore in London.

But they’re in good company. President Obama admits that he thinks gymnastics is spectacular, he can’t enjoy watching it because he spends the entire routine thinking, “Oh, she’s going to fall!” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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