I don't think I've ever not gotten nervous. When you work so hard for one special day or routine, you want to perform it better than you ever have. We always say at our gym, If you lose the nerves, you lose the sport.
If you lose the nerves, you lose the sport.
Everything for me started with my love of the sport. In society we're losing the fun with kids and pushing success on them too hard. Success comes from fun.
That's the drama of our sport. Our margin of error is so small that anything can happen.
I told myself after 2008 that I was done for good. But they say you can't keep a gymnast away from her sport.
I missed being considered an athlete and having that competitive drive, and missed having something to work for every day. I'd taken two and a half years away from the sport and was out of shape. I wanted to get back to where I was in 2008.
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