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Aly Raisman Drops Ceremonial Puck at Bruins Game

IMAG0811Aly Raisman is not a typical teenager.

Along with being captain of the United States Women’s gymnastics team in the Olympics this past summer, the eighteen year-old also came back with some flashy hardware. She won a bronze medal in the balance beam final, and in the floor final she won gold, becoming the first American woman to accomplish that feat.

But her fun didn’t stop in the summer.

Saturday night Raisman was in the Bruins locker room with her family after they defeated the Rangers, 3-1, in the season opener. On Monday, the Bruins second game of the season, Raisman received a standing ovation from the fans at the TD Garden as she participated in a ceremonial puck drop prior to the B’s tilt with the Winnipeg Jets.

“It’s really amazing, and it means a lot to me that people still know who I am a few months after the Olympics,” said Raisman of her rise to fame. “I never expected all of the love and support. I’ll be forever thankful for that, and it’s just an honor. It was the greatest summer of my life.”

Although she exchanged a few tweets with Bruins center Tyler Seguin last year, the gymnast told the media during an interview at the Garden that the only B’s player she had actually met prior to Saturday was Shawn Thornton.

“He took me boxing with him one time, so that was fun,” Raisman said. “He’s a really nice guy. All of the players were so nice, so down to earth. It was just really cool and exciting to be able to meet them because I’m obviously a huge fan.”

Raisman, who is a Needham native, admitted that she enjoyed being home for the holidays but will soon be going on tour with two of her Olympic teammates, Jordyn Wieber and Gabby Douglas. Raisman has a lot of great accomplishments to be proud of, and walking across the ice on Monday to drop the puck could now be added to that list.a

“To have [the fans] cheering for me, it means a lot,” she said. “I could hear all of the players cheering for me, too. They were slamming their sticks on the ice, so that means a lot to me. It’s something I’ll never forget.”

Here’s some of Raisman’s interview during the first intermission of Monday’s Bruins-Jets game.

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