Needham rallies around Olympic gymnast, captain
NEEDHAM, Mass. (AP) -- The simple sign outside Taylor's Accents Gifts says it all: "Congratulations Aly Raisman, Needham's Golden Girl."
It seems like everyone in this town southwest of Boston is rooting for Raisman, the captain of the U.S. women's gymnastics team that captured Olympic gold Tuesday in London.
As Raisman prepares to compete Thursday in the all-around, her friends, acquaintances and even those who don't know her say they are riveted to their TVs.
Her best friend says the 18-year-old who was voted "most likely to be on ESPN" in middle school is like a typical teenager in some ways, but then can also "do all these crazy flips and have no fears at all."