Good evening everyone!
I’m a few months late, but it’s 2020!! 😍
I remember this moment back in 2016 when I had made the decision to stay 4 more years….. It always seems like such a long time, but at the end of the day it has just flown by!
I have been with the Senior National Team for over 7 years now – this being my 8th. Two full Quads, 3 Pan Am Gold medals, 4 World Championships and so many other amazing international events…. but THIS, the Olympic Games, is the event I have been waiting 18 years for.
And when I say “waiting”, I mean working my ass off.
It has been a dream of mine since I was young… though I underestimated what it would take to become an Olympian, I am so thankful for the drive and passion my little 8 year old mind had. I dreamed big and never let myself be discouraged by the struggles – they just made me push harder.
And now, in the start of my 18th year in this sport I have learned so much more than I could ever have imagined. I have been taught perseverance, determination, kindness, leadership, failure and so much more! This sport has not only taught me how to be a better athlete, it has made me a better person.
We have already started getting this year underway with a 3 week camp in Hawaii – which was amazing and I will definitely elaborate on that more soon, but for now, it’s about staying present each day, looking at the next few months with a big open mind and enjoying the wild ride leading to the Games!