Needham gathers at town hall to watch Raisman perform
LONDON (WHDH) -- Despite the disappointing finish, Raisman’s fans are obviously still proud of her accomplishment.
They’ve been showing their pride all week -- signs have been up all over town cheering on the hometown girl.
Many people gathered to watch Thursday’s all-around competition live.
Hundreds of people were brought to their feet by the hometown girl who packed the house at Needham town hall.
“We're making history here. We're so excited, we’re so proud of her. It's great to have Needham on the Olympics map. It's wonderful,” said Debbie Kurinsky.
They cheered for Aly Raisman from her first event of the day through her fourth-place finish. Friends put on a colorful show of pride for their own world class athlete.
“It was so cool to see everyone in Needham get together for Aly. We've grown up with her, we’ve gone to school with her since 6th grade. She's just a Needham girl,” said Rachel Korsunsky.
There were Aly chants and affectionate imitations of Aly's parents. All of it was part of a tribute to the young woman making a lot of people proud.
“She's a really big inspiration to all of us,” said Shayla Murphy, Needham High sophomore.
“It's going to be really exciting when she comes home,” said Spencer Poivert.
“She’s a great role model. And if we had more Aly's in the world we'd probably have less Snookies,” one man said.
She’s homegrown hero who has soared beyond expectations and dazzled the home crowd.
“When Aly finished the floor exercises. I thought she did marvelous,” said Jerry Wasserman.