I rarely talk about my Olympic past so here it is in a nutshell for anyone who’s interested:
•3 years total on National Team (2 junior 1 senior)
•No major international assignments prior to 2008 (except Gymnix 2007)
•And then 10 years ago, this 1st year senior elite gets named to the 2008 Olympic Team. Wait, WHAT? Yeah I was shocked too and still can’t believe it actually🤯WHAT.AN.HONOR!
•But to be honest, reflecting back about not competing at the Olympics kinda makes you feel like a failure. We (alternates) trained exactly like everyone else but didn’t get that beloved “Olympic Experience” or Olympic tattoos (lol). No one will understand that struggle as much as my fellow alternates❤️
•I’ve never worked harder in my life than I did leading up to the Olympics, and then continuing that training as 1 of 3 alternates hoping to be called upon to compete.
•I’m SO grateful for all the times I was able to train with these amazing people (as well as all my other fellow national team ladies) and would never take back anything I’ve done, but like everyone else, I was stressed EVERY.SINGLE.DAY. (Yes, even Sunday, my only day off, because I knew the next day was Monday and it started all over again.)
•I never want to go back to the mindset I had before because it was so unhealthy. I was living in a constant state of stress, anxiety, and ultimately fear.
•Now 10 years later, I’ve learned so much about myself and my body. I’m still working hard for what I want, but paying attention and listening to my body so I can live a healthy/active/manageable lifestyle while being happy✨(Yeah, those can all happen at the same time)
“Comparison is the thief of joy” (Theodore Roosevelt). As a society we’ve got to ✂️that💩out..
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