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Hot Hometown Athlete
Alexandra Raisman

Photo: MITCHELL HAASETH/NBC OLYMPICS

For most of us, childhood gymnastics provided nothing but sprained ankles, mat burns in awkward locations, and photographic evidence that, once upon a time, our parents found it acceptable to publicly humiliate us by dressing us in sequined leotards with matching headbands. But for Alexandra Raisman, growing up near a Burlington gymnastics school led to more-fruitful ends: specifically, the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. We’re ready to root for the 18-year-old first-timer as she represents the USA at this year’s epic games, and we can’t wait to see how her dizzying floor routines look on a world stage. Better than they would in the ’80s, we’re sure.

_ Stuff Boston