Decorated American gymnast and positive body image advocate part of Distinguished Speakers Series
Submitted by the University at Buffalo
Team captain of two Olympic gold medal-winning U.S. Women’s gymnastics teams and positive body image advocate Aly Raisman will speak at the University at Buffalo at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16, in the Center for the Arts, North Campus, as part of UB’s Distinguished Speakers Series.
Raisman, who led the nation’s women’s gymnastics teams in 2012 and 2016, is the third-most-decorated American gymnast of all time. The most decorated U.S. gymnast at the 2012 Games, Raisman captured the hearts of millions as she became the first American gymnast to win gold in the floor exercise. One of only three U.S. gymnasts to make back-to-back teams in more than 20 years, she helped guide the team to gold and landed a silver medal performance in the all-around competition at the 2016 Olympics.
A leader on and off the floor, Raisman uses her platform to help normalize the conversation around mental health, encourage positive body image and promote the importance of self-care. In her New York Times best-selling memoir, “Fierce,” she shares the highs and lows of her journey, including her survival of sexual abuse. Raisman continues to advocate for systematic changes within the sport of gymnastics and the eradication of sexual abuse.
For ticket information, visit: http://www.buffalo.edu/ub-speakers/speakers/raisman.html.