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Needham Gymnast Featured in CSNNE Documentary

The new two-hour film chronicles 18-year-old Aly Raisman's journey to become part of the U.S. women's gymnastics team and compete for gold at the 2012 London Olympics.

Needham teen Aly Raisman will be featured in a new two-hour documentary on Comcast SportsNet New England that looks at Raisman's efforts to join the U.S. women's gymnastics team at the 2012 London Olympics this summer.

The feature-length documentary, "Aly Raisman: Quest For Gold," will air in three parts on July 9, 10 and 11 at 8 p.m. on Channel 52 for Needham Comcast subscribers (Channel 852 in high-definition).

The film chronicles Raisman's journey from her Gold Medal performance at the 2011 Gymnastics World Championships in Tokyo to the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials taking place in June.

Raisman June 4 from .

The new documentary "provides viewers with a unique inside look at the 18-year-old gymnastics phenom as she balances her commitment as a professional gymnast and competing for a spot on the U.S. Olympic team, with living an everyday life as a high school senior," according to a press release about the film from Comcast SportsNet New England.

Filmmakers were given "unprecedented access" to Raisman's daily life over several months, the press release states.

The resulting documentary is "an inspirational and emotional look at what an American Olympic hopeful endures to represent her country on the world stage," according to the release. "Viewers will see much more than a typical 'day-in-the-life' story, as they will get an intimate and exclusive look at both her gymnastics training and personal challenges as she evolves into a national gymnastics superstar."

Check out the film's trailer online at csnne.com.

"Aly Raisman: Quest for Gold" will be aired in the following installments:

  • Monday, July 9 at 8 p.m. (30 minutes)
  • Tuesday, July 10 at 8 p.m. (30 minutes)
  • Wednesday, July 11 at 8 p.m. (one hour)

Comcast SportsNet and NECN will re-air the documentary throughout the month. Visit csnne.com for the schedule. Viewers can also check out video of the Gymnastics Olympic Trials featuring Raisman beginning the week of July 22.

Comcast SportsNet will begin airing coverage of the 2012 London Olympics beginning July 27.

Becca Manning July 22, 2012 at 10:43 PM
From an email: "Hi, I am watching the Olympic Try Outs! I just say Aly do her routine. In checking, she is from Needham. I live now in Nashville, TN. I use to live in Milton and Sudbury. Would you please pass this on to her family with my best wishes. Thank you Larry Goldberg PS> My mother was Ada Raisman."

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