Contact Committee Hosts Olympian Aly Raisman for Virtual Event The April 29 conversation with Raisman, U.S. Olympic gymnast and bestselling author, is open to the W&L community.
Washington and Lee University’s Contact Committee will host Olympic gymnast and bestselling author Aly Raisman for a virtual event on Thursday, April 29 at 7 p.m. The conversation will be moderated by Ellen Mayock, Ernest Williams II Professor of Spanish.
The conversation is open to the W&L community, and attendees can save their virtual seats by registering at go.wlu.edu/alyraisman. Recordings of this event are not permitted.
Raisman, team captain of the gold medal-winning U.S. Olympic Women’s Gymnastics teams in 2012 and 2016, is the second-most decorated American gymnast of all time with six total Olympic medals. The most decorated U.S. gymnast at the 2012 Games, Raisman captured the hearts of millions as she became the first American gymnast to win gold in the floor exercise. One of only two U.S. gymnasts to make back-to-back Olympic teams in more than 15 years, she helped guide the team to gold and landed a silver medal performance in the All-Around competition at the 2016 Games.
A leader on and off the floor, Raisman uses her platform to promote positive body image and encourages everyone to be comfortable and confident in their own skin. In her New York Times bestselling memoir, “Fierce,” she shares the highs and lows of her journey, including her survival of sexual abuse. Inspired by an army of survivors, Raisman continues her advocacy for systematic changes within gymnastics and to eradicate sexual abuse in youth sports.
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