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London Olympics: Aly Raisman's parents steal the show [Video]

July 30, 2012|By Chuck Schilken

Or so it seemed to the millions of people watching the qualifying round Sunday on NBC, which had a camera and microphone isolated on Ricky and Lynn Raisman as their daughter competed on the uneven bars Sunday night.

OK, so the Raismans really aren't crazy -- they were justifiably stressed out during a 40-second routine their daughter had been working toward for many years. But, boy, were they also amusing with all their squirming, shifting, leaning and gesturing. Not to mention all those awkward facial expressions.

And then there was all that, uh, vocal support coming mainly from Raisman's mother. For those of you keeping score at home, here's how I tallied it:

"Come on!" - 10 times;

"Let's go!" - 7 times;

"Catch (it)!" - 4 times;

"Go!" - 4 times;

"Stick it!" - 2 times;

"(Some unintelligible phrase)!" - 2 times;

"Nice!"- 1 time each.

There was also an emphatic "Yeah!" from both parents in unison after their daughter actually did stick it (her landing).

Mom and Dad looked exhausted but proud after that routine. With any luck, all three Raismans will be well-rested and on top of their games for Thursday's medal round.


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