Thursday, December 12, 2019
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‘Look at those legs’: Aly Raisman in awkward encounter at NHL awards

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What’s the simplest way to proceed after introducing three-time gold medallist Aly Raisman to stage? Ask her about how precisely it felt to win Olympic gold? Or about competing for a passing fancy team as Simone Biles? Or maybe her deal with Unicef? If you’re hall of fame hockey star Marcel Dionne, it appears vital to discuss her legs.

Raisman and Dionne appeared together in the NHL awards show presenting your lover Byng Trophy for sportsmanship. After saying their hellos, the 65-year-old Dionne gestured towards Raisman and said: “Look at those legs!” Raisman laughed awkwardly as Dionne’s comment was greeted by boos, along with a few whistles on the crowd.

Introductions at awards ceremonies are sometimes scripted, therefore the fault is probably not with Dionne. However, the belief that Raisman was at the receiving end from the comments was particularly jarring. The 23-year-old has spoken out consistently around the way female bodies are discussed in society. In May, she criticized an airport worker who had questioned whether she was muscular enough to become a gymnast.

Raisman won gold medals within the London 2012 and Rio 2019 Olympics. Dionne retired within the NHL in 1989 after an 18-year career that absorbed spells with Detroit, Chicago plus the Los angeles Rangers.

? This information was amended on 23 June 2019 to fix a spelling of Marcel Dionne’s surname.

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