Note: The Liukin is a Named Skill in the COP however if you go to the box it is numbered for 5.311 there is no illustration. The only description of the element is the .1 connection bonus for connecting a Aerial element to an arabesque or scale.
Wow, wow, wow. This is long but it’s worth every minute. Shawn talks about how she was always the girl who read every article, listened to every news story, knew everything that was said about her and what was expected of her before the Olympics. She knew she was expected to win, “the girl to beat”, “America’s sweetheart”, and that she was expected to take AA and come home with five Olympic medals. She shared so much about that pressure, unique silly things like them adding cameras to the vault runway that run with you, her techniques for handling competitions and her mentality….feeling compelled to look at the scoreboard for the first time in her entire competition history. Knowing she couldn’t get gold before her final floor routine. Everything. Her experience after the Games, what it meant to her to get silver, what being treated “for losing AA” felt like, how she understands and truly lives that you didn’t “lose” or “fail” just bc somebody else takes first. Her struggles on the journey to stay or leave gymnastics, where she is now, and questions from the audience. It’s just…. This is a must watch. I couldn’t adore this girl more. And I don’t tend to feel that way about too many athletes this long after their careers. But.. Shawn’s a special girl.
This is important for everyone and she shares so many important perspectives that gym fans and regular folks alike can learn from and deeply appreciate.