Mark Ballas Adorably Congratulates Former 'DWTS' Partner Aly Raisman on Her Rio Success
By Jennifer Drysdale
Mark Ballas couldn't be more proud of Aly Raisman!
The DWTS pro, who partnered with Raisman for the show's 16th season in 2013, took to Instagram on Friday to share a sweet post congratulating the gymnast on her incredible performances in the Rio Olympics.
"Words can't describe how proud of this girl I am," Ballas wrote, along with a photo of one of his performances with Raisman. "I teared up watching her finish her floor routine last night, I remember having chats about her going to the RIO Olympics."
"I got to experience this girls [sic] tremendous hard work & dedication first hand, she will never shy away from a challenge or let anything hold her back no matter what obstacle lays ahead of her," he continued. "Not only is she an incredible athlete & student but has a heart made of pure gold, always kind, always caring & always genuine. I'm so proud of you @alyraisman Congratulations."
Raisman, who placed fourth with Ballas on Dancing With the Stars, earned a gold medal in in the women's gymnastics team event in Rio earlier this week, and silver in the all-around competition -- and has definitely been feeling the love lately.
Hours before Ballas' post, the 22-year-old gymnast took to Instagram to share an adorable quote from teammate Simone Biles.
"'I think I was more proud of Aly getting silver than me gold,'" Biles' quote read. "'She's worked so incredibly hard during her comeback. She's one of my role models, and I don't think there's anyone I'd rather share the podium with. I'm more happy for her than I am myself.'"
And the day before, Raisman shared a sweet note that teammates Madison Kocian and Laurie Hernandez left on her bed after she took home silver.
"When you come back to find this on your bed :) so sweet. I have the best teammates," she captioned a picture of the letter. "Gabby [Douglas] sent me the sweetest text. When we walked in the door Laurie, Madison & gabby swarmed us with lots of hugs."