Posts Tagged ‘Alexandra “Aly” Raisman’

Here is a fun piece of news I came across today by the Israel Project, a nonprofit educational organization based in Washington DC and Jerusalem:

Within hours of qualifying for the 2012 Olympics, U.S. gymnast Alexandra “Aly” Raisman already has attracted international attention because of the music she’s using for her floor routine: the classic Hebrew folk song Hava Nagila.

More often associated with bar mitzvahs and Jewish weddings, the 18-year-old from Needham, Mass. chose the piece to pay homage to her Jewish heritage and showcase her playful spirit.

Raisman’s powerhouse tumbling and technical skills led her to win the top spot at the Olympic trials July 1 and clinch one of only five spots on the women’s Olympic gymnastics team, alongside Olympic veterans such as Jordyn Wieber and Alicia Sacramone.

— By Dena Weiss, TIP Media Fellow

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