After reading this interview I feel I know Caitlin personally. AND I’m an even bigger fan.
Being in gymnastics has normalised crying,” Caitlin Rooskrantz says. And then she laughs. “My coach [Ilse Roets] has los trane (loose tears). I’m always crying, we all are. It’s contagious. We all have deep feelings and we cry for anything. We even cry when we’re really happy.”
A year ago Rooskrantz became the first South African female gymnast to compete in an Olympics since 2004. …
“Attending an Olympics was a lifelong dream for me. And the unspoken rule among athletes is that you have to get a tattoo. So, while I have the rings, I have another tattoo [on her right arm] which I got after I qualified for Tokyo in 2020.
“It says: ‘And Still I Rise’. It carries significant meaning for me. It’s a reinforcement that I’m resilient, that I will always bounce back. I will always be going forward in my career and I will always rise above everything thrown at me. In my own eyes, I’ll always be a winner.” …SA gymnast Caitlin Rooskrantz rises above the falls while striving to be the best
It was written before Caitlin won Bronze on Bars at Commonwealth Games.