She's not just a gymnast and Olympic gold medalist, Aly Raisman is adding a new title to her resume: TV host.
She hosts a new internet-based show called "Flippin' Awesome," in which she counts down the best sports videos the web has to offer and meets up-and-coming sports starts from around the world, according to a press release from YouTube channel AwesomenessTV.
New episodes will go live (air) on the web channel every Sunday. After the episodes, fans can vote for their favorite video from the countdown on the Flippin' Awesome Facebook page.
The premiere episode is currently on the internet (embedded right).
Raisman, a Needham resident, started her career in gymnastics right here in Newton.
After picking up a gold medal in Gymnastics, Needham gave the 18-year-old Olympic team captain welcome home worthy of an Olympian after the London 2012 games, complete with parade and the Aly Rally. She is using her celebrity for a cause, as well, by letting kids know it's OK to say 'no' to booze.
Other recent honors for the local Olympian include dropping the puck before a Bruins game, the AHRC NYC's Thurman Munson Dinner, being named . Not to mention the MBTA's Aly Raisman Banner on the Needham line.
Below is the full press release announcing Raisman's:
AWESOMENESSTV PREMIERES “FLIPPIN’ AWESOME,” YOUR NEW HOME FOR SPORTS ON THE WEB HOSTED BY U.S. GYMNASTICS GOLD MEDALIST ALY RAISMAN
Premiere Episode Available Now: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_rl1P03nJ0
Los Angeles, CA - January 28, 2013 – AwesomenessTV, the number one destination for teens and tweens on YouTube, premiered sports clip-show Flippin’ Awesome this weekend. Aly Raisman, Olympic gold medalist gymnast and captain of the "Fierce Five," hosts the weekly show, which counts down her favorite user-generated women’s sports videos on YouTube and then puts it to the fans to vote for the victor!
In addition to her weekly countdown, Aly will also be introducing her audience to some of the most amazing up and coming athletes from around the world, highlighting those hard-to-forget bloopers, and spanning the entire world of sports.
Viewers can vote for who they think should win a gold medal by going to Facebook.com/awesomenesstv. The winner will be announced the following week on the next Flippin' Awesome.
Catch new episodes of Flippin’ Awesome every Sunday in the “Girl Power” programming lineup alongside the new action-packed reality show Cheerleaders.
AwesomenessTV is a new video destination for teens on YouTube featuring a broad cross section of series built around pop musicians, A-list athletes, TV personalities and YouTube stars. From talk shows to sketch comedy, plus scripted and reality, AwesomenessTV allows fans to experience their favorite celebrities in new ways, only on YouTube.
Varsity Pictures, the production entity behind AwesomenessTV, is headed by Brian Robbins (Sonny With A Chance, Smallville, So Random, FRED) and Joe Davola (In Living Color, Smallville, MTV Networks). Robbins’ interest in the YouTube and web video space resulted from the massive success of FRED: THE MOVIE, based on the YouTube sensation Fred Figglhorn (900 million views). After building out the franchise on Nickelodeon (FRED 2: Night of the Living Fred, FRED: THE SHOW, and FRED 3: CAMP FRED), Robbins turned his attention to YouTube and the result is AwesomenessTV, one of the first channels ideated in the YouTube Original Programming initiative.