Gymnast Aly Raisman's busy schedule included a stop in New York for an NHL game Monday.
The six-time Olympic gold medalist donned a New York Islanders jersey with her name and No. 16 on it while dropping the puck for a ceremonial faceoff before the Islanders and Vancouver Canucks played at Barclays Center on Monday.
"It was really cool," the 22-year-old told MSG+ during the first intermission of New York's 4-2 win. "I always get a little bit nervous, especially after they play the national anthem, like you get butterflies in your stomach, but it's just amazing."
Raisman competed in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro and 2012 London Olympics. She and 31 of her United States gymnastics teammates performed in Brooklyn on Sunday as part of the Kellogg's Tour of Gymnastics Champions 2016. The cross-country tour, which features 38 shows in 36 cities and started Sept. 15 in Spokane, Washington, is down to its final week and will conclude with two shows in Raisman's hometown of Boston on Sunday.
The Islanders gave Raisman control of their Twitter feed during the second intermission, and she detailed the origin of her hockey fandom and explained why she should stick to gymnastics instead of playing hockey.
"I think it's amazing how tough they are," Raisman said. "They get slammed into the boards ... they have bloody noses, broken noses, and they just get back out and continue playing again. It's such a big, impact sport that if I got hit like that, I would start crying and get off the ice. They make it look really easy, but it must hurt a lot."