Get ready, Tokyo – Aly Raisman is coming! After the gold and silver medal-winning gymnast slayed at the Rio 2016 games, Aly confirmed on ‘Ellen’ that she’s planning to return for the 2020 Olympics! Click to watch.
“So, now will you go to the next Olympics,” Ellen DeGeneres, 58, eagerly asked during Aly’s, 22, visit on the Sept. 7 episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show. “Will you go to Tokyo?” Ellen, like all of Aly’s fans, was dying to hear her plans. Thankfully, Aly had some great news!
“That’s the goal,” she said. “I’m going to take off a little bit of time because I think I need a little bit of a break. I took a full year off in 2012 and I’m going to do the same thing. I’m going to take a year off and then I’ll begin training again.”
After this short hiatus – which will give her plenty of time to bask in the glory of winning the silver medal in the Individual All-around event in Brazil – Aly will get back to work. “Yeah, I’m really excited. I thought I was in the best shape of my 2012,” she told Ellen. “I’m in even better shape now so I’m excited to see what will happen in 2020.”
“Yes,” Ellen said. “Of course, you can be in better shape.” Aly quickly responded that she can “get better with age.” Indeed! Though she’s the oldest member of the U.S. women’s gymnastics team (and she’ll be 26 when the games take place in Japan) she still has plenty of fight left in her. She also has the best motivation: she just needs one more Olympic medal to tie the 16-time World Champ, Shannon Miller, 39, for the most medals won by an American woman!
It’s so glad that Aly confirmed suspicions that she would go for the gold (and the silver and the bronze) at the Tokyo 2020 games. After her phenomenal run in Rio, Aly hinted that she wasn’t done. “If you had asked me a few months ago, I would have definitely said I was done,” she told Bob Costas, 64. “[But] never say never.” Aly better brush up on her Japanese. Wonder how they say “stick the landing” in Tokyo?
Are you excited that Aly is going train for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, HollywoodLifers? Are you going to root her on as she tries to make history?