(NBC SPORTS) Aly Raisman will serve as the captain of the U.S. women's gymnastics team for the second straight Olympics, while Chris Brooks will lead the men's team in his Olympic debut. Raisman, 22, and Brooks, 29, are the oldest members of their respective teams and known for cheering on their teammates in competition.
Both before and after her comeback to gymnastics competition in 2015, Raisman has been the defacto leader of the women's program. Gabby Douglas, Raisman's teammate in 2012 and 2016, remembered a moment from the London team final where she badly needed a pep talk.
"I would have to say the moment that really stood out to me was beam," Douglas said, "and they put me up on beam, I was just so nervous. I looked at Aly and I was like, 'Aly, I don't think I can do this. I need to tell someone that they need to put somebody else in,' and I was so nervous. She's like, 'Gabby, shut up! You've been fine, your beam has been solid in training, just go out there and don't think about it, don't stress yourself out.' I'm like, 'Okay, okay.'"
The five members of the U.S. women's gymnastics team are Raisman, Douglas, Simone Biles, Laurie Hernandez and Madison Kocian.
The other gymnasts jokingly call Raisman "Grandma Aly" for her age and love of napping.