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 2, which she offered via email.
Q. Have your Olympic teammates been giving you feedback after the dances?
My teammates have been so supportive and so excited for me. I love reading the text messages and tweets they send me after each night of the show. We are usually so exhausted, so it's a nice motivation and refuel for the next day. I feel so, so, so lucky to have solid good friends in my life.
Q. The quickstep looks like a lot of fun, but one mistake and you could trip each other up. How long did it take for you to feel comfortable with that dance?
It takes a good few days to feel comfortable! It's a lot to take in and think about. I'm worried about being on beat, understanding the song, remembering choreography, and trying not to step on Mark's feet! We had a couple of falls because I would do the wrong step so we'd both end up falling! This dance is so technical and so easy to botch the footwork. Mark's choreography is amazing so I am going to do my best to rise to the occasion.