The Times has gymnast Aly Raisman, a two-time Olympic gold medalist at the London Games, guest-blogging while she competes on "Dancing With the Stars." Each week while she competes on the show, Raisman will answer a few questions from Sports Now editor Houston Mitchell and give some insight into the competition. Here are Raisman's thoughts about Week 6, which she offered via email.
Q. You had to learn two dances this week, a solo dance and a team dance. So, the basic question is: Do you get any sleep at all?
It was definitely a stressful week having to worry about two dances. It was a bit overwhelming, and being an athlete I am a perfectionist so I had to remind myself to just relax and have fun! I enjoyed myself so much on Monday, especially in that group Samba Dance. We all went out there and just had a blast -- it was so fun to dress up like a '70s girl!
Q. How much input do you have into picking out the outfit you will wear?
Mark Ballas and the design team come up with the idea because they know which looks and colors go best with each dance. They always ask for my input and make sure I feel comfortable! I love all of Mark’s ideas, and the costume team is absolutely amazing.