The Times is pleased to have gymnast Aly Raisman, a two-time Olympic gold medalist at the London Games, guest-blogging for us 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 1, which she offered via email.
Q: If someone told you a year ago you would not only be an Olympic gold medalist, but that you would also be competing on "Dancing With the Stars," what would you have told them?
I don't know if I would have believed them! I still can't believe this is my life right now. I am aware of how unique it is to have this life and I literally stop every day and take it all in. I am so happy and appreciative of all of these amazing opportunities. But the best part of everything is I worked so hard to get to where I am today and it's pretty cool to be able to experience all of this as a result.
Q: As your pro partner, Mark Ballas, pointed out, you are used to hitting your poses sharply, while dancing requires more fluidity. How hard is it to overcome years of gymnastics training, which must be like second nature to you now?