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    Aly Raisman, Colton Underwood break up

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    Colton Underwood and Aly Raisman.

    Olympic gymnast and Needham-native Aly Raisman has split with football free agent Colton Underwood, according to the Peoria Journal Star.

    Underwood told the Journal Star that distance had been a strain on their six-month-long relationship.

    “We’re taking a break right now,” Underwood told the Journal Star in a phone interview in June. “We’re still good friends and talk, but all that travel had been a nightmare.”

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    The two began dating after Raisman earned multiple medals at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics last summer. Underwood publicly asked Raisman out on a double date through a Yahoo! Sports video.

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    While Underwood spoke about the breakup as early as June, the news grabbed national attention on Thursday. That type of scrutiny took a toll on the couple throughout their relationship, Underwood told the Journal Star.

    “It put a lot of pressure on us, sure, but we had fun with it. A lot of fun date nights,” he said. “Those six months were great.”

    Underwood said he and Raisman were on good terms despite the breakup.

    Reena Karasin can be reached at reena.karasin@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @reenakarasin.