Aly Raisman's teammates look up to her as a leader – with some "grandma" tendencies

By Char Adams
Updated July 16, 2016 03:05 PM
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Aly Raisman may have turned 22 in May, but that hasn’t kept her Olympic women’s gymnastics teammates from calling her “Grandma Aly.”

“Everyone calls her ‘Grandma Aly’ because she goes to bed [early] and takes a lot of naps and sleeps a lot and is just, you know, a health nut,” fellow 2012 gold medalist Gabby Douglas said of her teammate, according to Team USA.

Raisman is the oldest of the Rio-bound women’s gymnastics team, which also includes Douglas, 20, Simone Biles, 19, Madison Kocian, 19, and 16-year-old Laurie Hernandez.

Much like her teammates, Hernandez said she has experienced some of Raisman’s grandma-like tendencies.

“She typed [in text message] ‘wyd’ yesterday, and I was like, what does that mean,” Raisman told the site. “She’s like, ‘It means ‘what are you doing? You really are old.’ ”

Raisman seems to embrace her nickname, though. In June, she posted an Instagram photo of herself with Biles, captioning the picture, “Grandma and baby Simone rocking red.”

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Along with being the “grandma” of the group, Raisman’s teammates view the 22-year-old old as a leader.

“She definitely keeps everyone in tune a little bit, and she gives very good advice if someone’s nervous,” Douglas said. “She’s sort of the one who’s always looking out for everybody and looking out for how do we do things a little bit better.”

Biles added that even if Raisman isn’t named the captain of the team, “she would still take on that role just because of who she is and the leader and role model she is.”