Thursday night, Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions rolled through Verizon Center. Before the show, several of the most famous gymnasts in the world, Aly Raisman, Simone Biles, and Gabby Douglas, participated in a photo op while holding up several of Washington’s team jerseys.
Raisman, a big hockey fan, held up a Caps jersey with her last name and the number five stitched on the back. Rod Langway’s number was taken out of retirement in honor of Raisman being a member and captain of both the 2012 “Fierce Five” and 2016 “Final Five” US women’s Olympic gymnastics which won gold medals in their respective team competitions.
Meanwhile, Simone Biles repped the Wizards while Gabby Douglas rocked a Mystics jersey.
Raisman, who is a Needham, Massachusetts native, self-identifies as a Boston Bruins fan (she participated in a ceremonial puck drop in 2013). She’s also friends with Caps forward TJ Oshie.
Last November, Raisman got Lyla Oshie, TJ’s daugher, her first leotard.
— Alexandra Raisman (@Aly_Raisman) November 28, 2015
— TJ Oshie (@TJOshie77) December 2, 2015
Earlier this week, Raisman received national attention for a powerful message she wrote on Instagram for young girls.
Shoutout to all the boys from 5th-9th grade who made fun of me for being "too strong". Thanks for forcing me to learn to love myself and my body. My muscular arms that were considered weird and gross when I was younger have made me one of the best gymnasts on the planet. Don't ever let anyone tell you how you should or shouldn't look. There is no such thing as a perfect body type. I love being a part of the #PerfectNever campaign. #GirlPower #Supporteachother
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Four years ago, Olympic gold medalist McKayla Maroney also rocked a Capitals hat during another Kellogg’s tour stop.
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