5 Lessons we can learn from Aly Raisman
Aly Raisman was captain and member of the Final Five USA Gymnastics Team that won Gold at the 2016 Rio Olympics. As 6 time Olympic medallist, there are so many things that we can learn from this amazing athlete and exceptional human being.
1. 100% or nothing
After the 2012 London Olympics Aly took over a year off gymnastics to recover and finish school before beginning her 2016 Olympic campaign. A year off in any sport is a hard ask but especially in gymnastics! She came back to training with the decision to give it 100%. She underwent the comeback process slowly to ensure her body was back at full fitness.
2. Self Love
Love your body and appreciate it for the things it can do
3. You need to do it for yourself
After a disappointing performance at the 2014 World Championships Aly revealed that deep down “I've always been afraid that if I didn't compete well, everyone -- my coaches, my teammates, national team coordinator Martha Karolyi -- would be disappointed in me” Lesson learned: I need to do gymnastics because I enjoy performing, and because I want to win (I'll admit it, I do!). You can't go into a routine simply hoping that you won't mess up. You also have to remember that you're human, and you can't be at your best all the time.
4. Every competition is a learning experience if you let it be one
There will always be positives and negatives but it is so important to learn from the negatives and not get bogged down by them. How can I use these experiences to help make me a better gymnast next competition?
5. Optimism is powerful
Today, I’m going to have a good day.” That’s what I told myself when I woke up on the last day of the individual competition at the Summer Olympics in London in 2012. Representing the U.S. was a dream come true but I was feeling sorry for myself after a tie-breaker had kept me from earning a spot on the podium for the individual all-around. With a renewed spirit of optimism, I waited patiently and guess what happened? I was relaxed, had fun and became the first American to win a gold medal in the floor exercise.