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Miss Val Reads

“Finish First” by Scott Hamilton

Scott Hamilton is best known as an Olympic gold medal figure skater. However his grit, drive, tenacity and faith have kept him in the game of life through severe illness as a child, three bouts of cancer, a reoccurring brain tumor and all of the other pitfalls that life offers. I met Scott last fall when we were working together on a CBS television special …

Life Skills

Learning from Google & Norway

After each horrific tragedy in the United States, inevitably a conversation swirls around the decay of our culture. Perhaps our drive to be number one, which has made us a global leader for over a century, has been at the unintentional cost of our humanity’s spirit. Look no further than the XXIII Winter Olympics Games, which just wrapped up. Norway, a country with roughly the …

Gymnastics - Master Class

Gymnastics: The Ultimate Master Class

I can’t stop thinking about the 158 victims who came forward to give their impact statements in the sentencing of Larry Nassar. It is remarkable that every single survivor who spoke embodied the same indomitable spirit of courage and poise. While there were many tears, harsh anger, and obvious emotional pain reliving the horrific memories in speaking their truth before a worldwide audience—and coming face …

Little Girls don't stay little forever. They grow into strong women that destroy your world.

Time’s Up USAG

I started coaching elite gymnasts in 1982 when I arrived at UCLA as their dance coach and choreographer. I have never been to the now infamous “Karolyi Ranch.” I do not have first hand knowledge of what our elite gymnasts endured in trying to secure one of the coveted spots in representing USA, but I do believe the Karolyi Ranch was a house of horrors …

1.1.18

January 1, 2018

The start of a New Year. What would you do today if you were told by a higher power that by December 31, 2018 you will be living that dream if you went after it? I haven’t heard any divine guarantee, but I’ve decided to step it up a notch. I’m excited to adjust my periscope on my Big Bold Dreams. I’m making this the …