December 3, 2018

Olympic Gymnast, Six-Time Medalist and Author


drew a crowd of nearly 3000 attendees during her visit to UAlbany's SEFCU arena.

The 24-year-old spoke at the UAlbany Speaker Series about how she got her start in gymnastics, challenges she has faced, how she copes with stress, body-shaming, the lessons she has learned and to promote her book Fierce: How Competing for Myself Changed Everything, an inspiring story of dedication, perseverance, and having a positive outlook even in the toughest times.


A New York Times bestseller, Fierce was also named an Entertainment Weekly Best Young Adult Book of 2017. Billie Jean King said, “Aly Raisman is fierce in every sense of the word. Her story is one of persistence, hardship, triumph and leadership and Fierce is both inspiring and illuminating.”

Raisman captained the US team to victory in 2012 and 2016, is one of the most decorated American gymnasts of all time. She’s also an influential advocate of positive body image, a hero of the #MeToo movement, and an outspoken critic of the prevailing culture in American gymnastics organizations.