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Inside Gymnastics Journal | Pricey Athletes… A letter from Kathy Johnson Clarke to the athletes competing on the 2024 Olympic Gymnastics Trials

1984 Olympic workforce silver and steadiness beam bronze medalist Kathy Johnson Clarke shares her phrases of encouragement to the athletes competing on the 2024 Olympic Trials.

Pricey Athletes,

It’s usually stated that luck is when preparation meets alternative, and with that I usually add the tougher one works the luckier one will get. Although that is fact personified there are various issues for which athletes don’t have any management, which is why I encourage needs, hopes, constructive ideas, and prayers not for outcomes or outcomes, however at all times for good well being (as wholesome as a physique could be when it’s pushed to its limits as you all do), a peaceful, peaceable, sharp thoughts and spirit, good power and luck as you meet this second for which you’ve all ready and given your all the pieces to be at your easiest. Godspeed!

There’s such easy magnificence in reaching what I consider is the final word aim of any athlete, which is being all you could be by doing all the pieces humanly potential every day to be constructive and productive with the intention to carry out beneath strain, which the nice Billie Jean King stated it greatest, is a privilege. It IS a privilege, however I’ll even go one step additional and say strain is a GIFT. It’s a reward that can carry on giving as a result of this expertise is the possibility of a lifetime to make a dream grow to be a actuality or get as shut as potential. In different phrases, you get to outline your personal success and be happy with all you probably did to realize it by figuring out you probably did your greatest and dedicated to going all out and leaving nothing in your management to probability so you haven’t any regrets when all is claimed and carried out. You could have already confirmed your expertise, work ethic, dedication, dedication, and resilience simply by getting right here. Most exceptional? You could have proven what I’m most happy with, and that’s your real empathetic caring assist of each other. Wow, I’m blown away by your character!

When NUMBERS decide outcomes and locations, the Olympic Staff is proscribed to only 5 gymnasts and 4 substitute athletes, and you haven’t any management over how others carry out, rating, or how your and their routine strengths match into the workforce choice puzzle you’re left with essentially the most exceptional and empowering alternative: 

“Shoot for the moon. Even in case you miss, you’ll land among the many stars.”

Most essential, irrespective of the result, you’re cherished, revered, admired and celebrated.




Love, KJC

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