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Life is Not a Dress Rehearsal

One reason it is unnerving to be interviewed is because you only get one take… Like Life. As I share this interview that I did with Josh Smith, host of the B.A.M. show, I realize why so many of us don’t like to “put ourselves out there.” When answering questions on the spot, it’s hugely important to choose words intentionally so as not to be …

Martha Karolyi

Martha Karolyi on Preparing for Greatness

Hoda Kotb from NBC’s TODAY Show recently interviewed U.S. Women’s Team Coordinator, Martha Karolyi, about retirement, coaching and getting her athletes ready for competition on the biggest stage in the world. The interview touched on a few points I want to highlight and elaborate on. When Martha was asked how she prepared the Final Five, which includes Simone Biles, Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas, Laurie Hernandez …

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It’s More Than Bragging Rights

I’ve never flipped, never been able to do a pull-up, and have a fear of heights. How the heck did I become the Head Coach for the UCLA Gymnastics team; one of the most prestigious athletic programs in the country? The short version: I grew up studying classical ballet and piano. I was dancing professionally out of high school and heard UCLA needed a dance …

“Reach for the Summit” by Pat Summitt

In honor of Coach Pat Summitt (1952-2016), Legendary Head Women’s Basketball Coach, University of Tennessee. In 38 seasons she never had a losing season, finishing with a record of 1,098-208 and making her the winningest NCAA basketball coach in history. In 2012 she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award. Reach for the Summit: The Definitive Dozen System for Succeeding …

Valorie Kondos Field

Born to Perform: Miss Val

The following is an excerpt of “Born to Perform” by Anne Palter in UCLA Magazine (reprinted with permission). Photo by Ian Spanier. For the complete article about choreographing our floor routines, click here. Dance is in Valorie Kondos Field’s blood. A former member of the Sacramento Ballet, Capital City Ballet and Washington Ballet, Kondos Field has infused her gymnasts’ floor and beam routines with bold inventiveness, astounding athleticism and breathtaking …