You may know me best as an Olympic gymnast. At the 1996 Atlanta Games, I competed on the first U.S. women’s gymnastics team to win the team gold medal, and I won gold on the balance beam as well. I won five medals at Barcelona in 1992, the most of any American athlete at those Games. Gymnastics allowed me to become an Olympic gold medalist, but since then I’ve enjoyed a variety of titles including author, TV and radio host, speaker, cancer survivor, health advocate, and, most importantly, mom.
And at the upcoming Games in London, I’ll be adding another title to my list – analyst for Yahoo! Sports.
I am so excited to be covering the Summer Olympics with Yahoo! Sports. As an athlete, we don’t see as much while we’re competing as you do at home watching. Most of our time is spent sleeping, eating, and training. That’s why it is so much fun to cover the Games!
As an analyst, I’ll be able to give up-to-date information and insight into the athletes, their training, and what they are feeling during the biggest competition of their lives. Athletes and their stories are everywhere and this is my opportunity to share these stories and dreams with those around the world.
On the gymnastics side, I am expecting a strong team. If TEAM USA is healthy and consistent, they will be difficult to beat. Russia and China will certainly be strong competition, though. Individually, Jordyn Weiber is the one to watch right now. However, with qualifications beginning at the end of May a few other names to watch for are McKayla Maroney, Gabrielle Douglas and Nastia Liukin.
I can’t wait to get over to London and report back to you on all of the exciting things happening at the Games!
For now, here’s a little bit more about me:
My most memorable Olympic moment:
As an athlete, one of my favorite moments was walking into the Georgia Dome to 40,000 screaming people…for training!
My favorite Olympic location:
I can’t choose – Barcelona was amazing and it was my first Games. Atlanta was home soil; it’s hard to compete with that!
My secret talent, which I would win a gold medal for if it were an Olympic sport:
Organizing! Garage, closets, you name it – I can organize it.
The best meal I had at an Olympics:
I tend to eat the exact same meal before every competition: grilled chicken with a baked potato – a mix of protein and carbs for the long competition ahead.
My best travel tip for the Olympics:
Leave plenty of time to get places. Road closures, crowds, security all add to a bit of wait time. Bring snacks, water and your smart phone or tablet with you so you can get the latest updates on all things Olympics!
My favorite Olympic sport other than gymnastics:
I love them all! I’m amazed by diving. It is so beautiful to watch but I just can’t understand why people want to flip toward their head.
Yahoo! Sports Analyst, Gymnastics
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