Those red, white and blue earrings that Needham Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman was tugging on right before nailing the powerful floor routine that qualified her for Thursday’s all-around competition were a little piece of good luck from home: created by Adamas Fine Jewelry in Newton.
Raisman’s family has been a long-time client, and the ruby, diamond and sapphire studs (red, white and blue, of course) were made for her by the jeweler, the store said in a press released.
“Aly’s family has been a client of ours for a while and in support of her accomplishments we wanted to create something that fits her style in the Olympic games,” said owner Veronica Sagherian in a press release. “We hope that this is a piece that she will wear forever.”
Raisman, until now a steady but low-key member of the U.S. Gymnastics Team, on Sunday knocked her teammate and close friend Jordyn Wieber out of the running for a medal in the all-around category. Wieber stepped out of bounds during her floor routine and Raisman sailed through hers.
Adamas Fine Jewelry has promised to make all of the U.S. gymnasts their own earrings if they take home the gold in the team competition, a feat the U.S. has accomplished only once, in 1996 at the Atlanta Games.
Meanwhile, it’s not only Aly getting famous during her Olympic bid: a video of her parents, Lynn and Rick Raisman, squirming through their daughter’s bar routine is picking up views all over the internet. A headline on Gawker blares: “You Have to Watch U.S. Gymnast Aly Raisman’s Hilarious Parents React to Her Bar Routine.”
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