Aly Raisman is everywhere these days. And why wouldn’t she be, considering all of her success at the Olympics this year? Recently, the Jewish gymnast spoke with Cosmopolitian—not about her medals, but her parents. Have we mentioned how big of a mensch Raisman is? Well, apparently, not enough.
When asked about her parents, Lynn and Rick Raisman (who have gone viral because of their visible anxiety while watching their daughter perform at the Olympics), Raisman said that she wasn’t even sure what her parents were doing during their famous “lean back” move, stating:
“I have no idea. I really don’t know. They think that they’re doing gymnastics. I don’t even know what they’re doing…My parents definitely deserve a vacation.”
Apparently, her parents’ anxiety is so famous and empathy-inducing that a fan, Berkley Rothmeier, made a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for the Raismans to have a spa day. So, what does Aly think of it? She thinks it’s sweet, but she’s got it covered (obvi):
“[It is] so nice, but I’ll definitely take care of that. The fans don’t need to do that. It’s just crazy, all the support that they’ve been getting. We’re really excited that it’s over. Now they can relax and they’re not so stressed out anymore.
I’m sure my parents didn’t sleep a lot the last couple of months. Same with myself and my coaches, they were all stressed out too. You work so hard, there’s so much pressure — you just want it all to go well.”
It’s clear her parents raised her well. Let’s also bask in the glory of this #TBT picture of Raisman with her mom–looking all adorable with her braces: