Video of young Aly shows she was destined for gold
BOSTON (WHDH) -- Olympic dreams came true for hometown hero Aly Raisman, but the road to gold wasn’t always easy. Her medals came as the result of years and years of practice, hard work and dedication - but video of the Olympian in her first gymnastics competition shows she was destined for gold.
The video shows Aly Raisman at 6-years-old doing 5 back handsprings.
It was her first gymnastics meet at camp Wicosuta in New Hampshire, a girl’s summer camp owned by her uncle, Mike Bogart, at the time.
He said there was a look that made him realize Raisman would one day be exceptional.
"There was just something diff about Aly. She just got it,” said Bogart.
Aly did gymnastics with her cousin Mckayla Bogart throughout their childhood and at 18-years-old, she still remembers when this video was taken.
"I see her in all these magazines that I read all the time. And I can't even believe I’m related to her, and that I grew up with her,” said McKayla Bogart.
The girls did gymnastics together until Aly’s talent was undeniable.
"I remember when they told her she got moved up to team and I was still in the baby group and I was so jealous,” McKayla Bogart remembered with a laugh.
Through the years, the extended family has watched Aly move up from team to team until Team U.S.A. came calling.
"Even at six you could tell she was an amazing gymnast it was incredible," said Aly’s aunt.
“She would methodically do her routines, time after time, and you could just tell she was destined for greatness,” said Mike Bogart.
Aly Raisman earned an Olympic gold medal on her floor routine on Tuesday night and a bronze for her balance beam performance.