As she waited patiently for the official announcement to be made, the highly determined grandmother gymnast was unsure about her spot on U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Team. Two of those gymnasts were three-time world champ/four-time national champ Simone Biles and the 2012 Olympic all-around champ Gabby Douglas.
Simone Biles, Gabby Douglas, Laurie Hernandez, Madison Kocian and Aly Raisman - all of whom were selected to the American squad Sunday night following the Olympic Trials in San Jose, Calif. - are signed to this fall's Kellogg's Tour of Gymnastics Champions.
Martha Karolyi, the national team coordinator, has broad discretion in these matters, and she presented a coherent case for fielding a lineup with the best balance across all four events instead of sticking with the highest composite scores.
After taking the gold at the London Olympics, Raisman continues to shock Brestyan's Gymnastics. After winning the all-around title at the 2012 Olympics in London, she took a few years away from the sport before launching a comeback for the 2016 games.
This weekend in San Jose, California, 14 young women twisted, twirled, flew, and occasionally fell off the balance beam in a bid to make the US women's gymnastics team.
The fiery gymnast is one of five who will represent Team USA in Rio next month.
During the Olympic trials, Kocian finished eighth in all-around, ninth on beam and floor, 12th on vault, and, as expected, first in uneven bars. They followed the United States' other winning team, the 1996 group known as the "Magnificent Seven". Before dismounting on a remarkable routine that saw her score a 15.250, Raisman let out a tiny breath. "Like Laurie and Simone are super hyper, but then I can be hyper sometimes, too; you know they always tease me, make fun of me, so you have to have something that fits all of us, but we don't know yet".
Aly Raisman competing in the floor exercise at the 2015 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Glasgow, Scotland, Oct. 24, 2014. Which means she will spend the Olympics watching the performances of the two US teammates who finished behind her Sunday - Gabby Douglas and Madison Kocian.
"That was obviously my best score, but I think for me that was probably one of the best routines quality-wise as well", she said. The three alternates for the team are Ashton Locklear, MyKayla Skinner and Ragan Smith. "Together I think we're stronger than individually". Douglas has the potential to be a surprise all-around final competitor and medalist, according to the team's site. You know what, I don't think that being Hispanic, being Black, being white - I don't think that limits you to anything.
"Thank you for not giving up on me and I'm just going to really prove to her and everyone that I deserve to be on this team". I swear, she's psychic.
While her lead was never in danger - and really, it hasn't been since the summer of 2013 - there's little doubt the missteps will linger with Biles as she prepares for Brazil.
To be sure, that has been clearer than even the line-up of this team.
"The way I performed, it could just be so much better", Douglas said.