Laurie Hernandez and Madison Kocian Pen Heartwarming Note to 'Mama Aly' Raisman After Her Silver Win
"We've looked up to you from the beginning of our elite careers and you've inspired us in so many ways!" Laurie Hernandez and Madison Kocian wrote
Could the Final Five U.S. women’s gymnastics teambe any more #SquadGoals?
After team captain Aly Raisman claimed silver in the individual all-around competition on Thursday, her teammates 16-year-old Laurie Hernandez and uneven bars champion Madison Kocian penned an extremely heartfelt handwritten note to their “Mama Aly.”
“Aly, We couldn’t be any happier for you! All your hard work is paying off, and now you’re an Olympic AA Silver Medalist!! We’ve looked up to you from the beginning of our elite careers and you’ve inspired us in so many ways! We’re so thankful to have you cheering us on, and helping us through this Olympic journey! We love you Mama Aly. Love, Maddie and Laurie,” the adoring athletes wrote in their letter.
“When you come back to find this on your bed ☺ so sweet. I have the best teammates. Gabby sent me the sweetest text. When we walked in the door, Laurie, Madison & gabby swarmed us with lots of hugs #FinalFive,” Raisman captioned the pic, also giving a shout out to Final Five member Gabby Douglas.
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The women, who call themselves the “Final Five” in honor of gymnastics legend and national team coordinator Martha Kérolyi’s last Olympics before her retirement, took the team all-around gold earlier in the week.
Individual competitions continue this weekend and into next week. Team U.S.A. is heavily favored to medal in all events, including vault, uneven bars, beam and floor exercise.