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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 […]

Martha Karolyi on Preparing for Greatness

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, […]

It’s More Than Bragging Rights

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 […]

Born to Perform: Miss Val

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 […]

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