Olympic Spirit

The Olympic Spirit: Working to Be the Best in the World

The life of an Olympic athlete isn’t all sunshine and rainbows—every thing they do every day of the year is calculated as to whether it will help them achieve their goal—to be the BEST IN THE WORLD. Imagine a society where we ALL had this drive and determination to be the BEST in the world. Imagine having the fortitude to repeatedly crash, and then to …

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 …

Gold Medalists Unplugged

Video: Gold Medalists Unplugged

I was watching the Olympics and wondering what were Jordyn Wieber and Kyla Ross thinking as they cheered on their former teammates and future Bruin? So I drove over to Jordyn’s house and streamed our conversation live. Enjoy! LIVE on #Periscope: Golden Couch Talk with Jordyn and Kyla https://t.co/LMccoI0l6l — Valorie Kondos Field (@OfficialMissVal) August 8, 2016

anxiety

Is There a Benefit to Being Anxious?

I was driving when I got the call from my doctor, “Could you pull over so we could talk about your results?” I pull over. “Your tests have come back positive. You have breast cancer.” At that moment my world stopped… my mind immediately went to the horrific experience my mother went through 30 years earlier with colon cancer, which eventually resulted in a very …

UCLA Championship Banners

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 …