2008 Beijing Olympic Games
2012 London Games
2016 Rio de Janeiro Games
When the 2020 Summer Games were postponed, I had mixed feelings. On one hand, the Games were what I was working towards and I was really excited. On the other hand, as the pandemic unfolded, it became clear that our attention and energy had to be on the health of our communities, the Country, and the world. It was getting more challenging to train with restrictions, and competitions were getting cancelled. More became uncertain and that had a huge impact on all of us. I have tried to focus on the opportunity that this postponement can bring. I have another year to push myself to be the best that I can be. I love training and I love my sport so am excited to be able to continue this journey.
Chase the dream, love the journey. It is important to have aspirational dreams and high goals that challenge you and motivate you but ultimately, you have to love the day in day out grind. You have to appreciate the highs and the momentum when that comes, but also appreciate the challenges that get put in your path. It is really hard to see the value of struggle when you are in the middle of it, but each challenge does present an opportunity for growth.
Cheer and joy are two things I hold central to my training. Especially when you are training for something like the Olympic Games, it is easy to get bogged down by the stress of what you are trying to achieve but at the end of day, I do this sport because I love it. I deliberately try to connect to that joy in training. That can come from small moments of success, it can come from interactions with my teammates, or recognizing that I have had the opportunity to live my dream. I also get a lot of joy hearing about athletes who start sport, or specifically trampoline because of watching the Olympics. Having that opportunity to connect with, and hear from those supporting us, gives me a lot of strength and joy that I carry with me through the competition.