Aly Raisman

How did sports impact your Jewish identity?

Being able to perform Hava Nagila at the 2012 Olympic Games was truly a special experience I'll never forget. To be honest, initially I picked the music because I loved the song and my coaches felt it would be a great fit. I had no idea the impact it would have on myself and the Jewish community around the world. Since I performed that routine in London I have felt a stronger connection to the Jewish community because I received so much love and support. It was unexpected which makes the moment and experience so much more rewarding.


What advice would you have for a young Jewish athlete today?

I would tell young female athletes to be true to who they are, and be comfortable in their own skin. Everyone is beautiful in their own way, and nobody is perfect so don’t compare yourself to others! Through my partnership with Walden Behavioral Care, I have the opportunity to speak to students about body image and the importance of having balance in life. Whether it’s gymnastics, painting, dancing, etc., find something you love to do and work hard at it!

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HaYidion Athletics Winter 2015
Winter 2015