Aly Raisman won’t compete in 2020 Tokyo Olympics
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Aly Raisman won’t compete in 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Confirming she is stepping back from the sport, the 25-year-old Jewish two-time gold medalist reflects on ‘the power of a kid’s dream’ that carried her to two Olympic Games

Silver medalist Aly Raisman celebrates on the podium at the medal ceremony for the Women's Floor on Day 11 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Rio Olympic Arena on August 16, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images via JTA)
Silver medalist Aly Raisman celebrates on the podium at the medal ceremony for the Women's Floor on Day 11 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Rio Olympic Arena on August 16, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images via JTA)

JTA — Olympic gold medalist and two-time American Olympic gymnastics team captain Aly Raisman confirmed that she will not compete in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Raisman, 25, who won two gold medals in the 2012 London Olympics and was a member of the gold medal-winning American team in the 2016 Rio Olympics, made the announcement last week in a letter posted to social media.

She also posted a video of herself as a young gymnast titled “Never underestimate the power of a kid’s dream” and mused in the letter about what she would tell her 8-year-old self.

“The power of dreams is too big to put into words, but I’d try anyway since it is what makes magic happen, It’s also what will get her through the tough times,” wrote Raisman, who won three other medals in 2016, including a silver for all-around.

In this file photo from January 19, 2018, Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman gives her victim impact statement in Lansing, Michigan, during the fourth day of sentencing for former sports doctor Larry Nassar, who pled guilty to multiple counts of sexual assault. (Dale G. Young/Detroit News via AP, File)

“As a little girl I thought what mattered most was making it to the Olympics, but I’ve learned that my love for gymnastics is more important,” Raisman wrote. She said that her love for the sport “inspires me to do everything I can to make it safer for the many wonderful people in the sport and all the little 8-year-olds out there who will be watching the gymnasts in Tokyo dreaming of one day making it to the Olympics themselves.”

Raisman appeared to be referencing her work to bring her abusive former coach, Larry Nassar, to justice and to her powerful statement in court during his sentencing hearing. Nassar plead guilty to seven counts of sexual assault of minors, though he is accused of assaulting at least 250 young women over 25 years.

Raisman did not say what she plans to do next.

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