‘DWTS’: Boston Girl Aly Raisman Speaks About Her Hometown: ‘It’s Really Devastating’

by | April 16, 2013 at 10:27 AM | Dancing With The Stars, Interview

"DWTS": Mark Ballas and Aly Raisman (Photo: ABC)


Gymnast Aly Raisman’s heart was breaking when she was performing on “Dancing with the Stars” on Monday night—because of the terror attack that had hurt her beloved hometown of Boston.

“It’s really devastating,” a somber Aly told xfinityTV backstage after the show about the deadly explosions at the Boston marathon that killed three people and more than 100 others badly injured. “The Boston marathon is something that everyone looks forward to, everyone works so hard for, and on top of that, it was Patriots’ Day in Massachusetts so that’s another exciting thing to celebrate, and then to have such a tragic thing happen, it’s really terrible, and my heart goes out to everyone back home and everyone affected by it. It’s awful.”

The gold-medal winning Olympian, who grew up in Needham, Massachusetts, a suburb of Boston, got a strong score of 25 out of 30 on Monday for her samba with pro partner Mark Ballas. Although “DWTS” went on as usual, however, there was also a sad mood there because of the tragedy. Host Tom Bergeron, a native of Haverhill, Mass., paid tribute to the people of Boston throughout the show.

Aly, 18, also couldn’t stop thinking about those who live in her hometown. “Thankfully, I don’t think I knew anyone who was running in the marathon but even if you don’t know them, you still feel like you do,” Aly said. “I feel it’s just awful. I don’t know what else I can say. It’s terrible that things happen like that.”

When asked if it was good to have a show like “DWTS” to soothe people after a tragedy, Aly said, “I hope so. I don’t really know what you can do to help them. I want to do as much as I can. I’m sure none of them [who are involved in the tragedy] are even watching the show. It’s such a tragic thing that happened, but if they were watching, I hope that we made them smile a little bit and take their minds off it for a little bit. I wish I could obviously take it all back.”