Tag Archives: Olympic Team

A Dozen Life Lessons to Learn from Simone Biles

Simone Biles is a role model for everyone who watches her or is fortunate enough to meet her. And there are probably hundreds of things we can learn from this amazing athlete and exceptional human being—but here are 12 that resonated with me. Preparation is key. In the days leading up to her Olympic competition, […]

8 Lessons Gym Parents Can Learn from the Parents of the Final Five

Remember: fun is essential. What was the tweet Nellie Biles sent her daughter Simone just before she began her first day of competition? It was this: “Long terms goal is here/embrace the experience and have fun. I love you – Mom.”  Give her household responsibilities. Think Olympians are exempt from doing their part around the […]

Because There is No Such Thing as Perfect: Why the Perfect 10 is Perfectly Gone in Elite Gymnastics

    “Wait? What happened to the perfect 10?” This question will be on the lips of many a casual gymnastics fan, confused by the scoring system at the Olympics this week. “What the heck does a 15.877 even mean?” Well, aside from meaning that’s a really great score, the 15.877 (and all the other […]

Four Awesome Moments from Olympic Team Prelims You Might Have Missed

With the U.S. Men’s Team exceeding expectations and the U.S. Women’s team proving that they are light years ahead of the competition, there was so much incredible gymnastics happening that the little moments can go unnoticed. The supportive parent: The proud coach: The good friends: The unity of being together.     Because in the […]

Here’s To the Girls Not In Rio!

Gymnastics is not traditionally thought of as a team sport. Though those who train gymnasts, especially at the competitive level, understand that great teammates are the secret sauce that makes the journey of a gymnast a little smoother and a lot more fun. At the end of the week the Olympics kick off.  Five women […]

Gymnastics is for Everyone!

On Sunday evening the U.S. Women’s Gymnastics Olympic Team was named.  In addition to being an extraordinarily talented group of athletes, it is by far the most diverse ever to represent this country–two African American women (Simone Biles and Gabby Douglas), a Latina woman (Laurie Hernandez), a Jewish woman (Aly Raisman) will join Madison Kocian. […]