The USA will select their 2019 Worlds Team this weekend. That’s the toughest qualifying process anywhere.
MAKING Team USA is harder than competing at Worlds.
The United States is filled with over a thousand level ten gymnasts, along with anywhere from 30-80 gymnasts training at the elite level at any given moment, according to statistics from USA Gymnastics. …
… gymnasts in the United States know that elite is not the be-all, end-all of their career … even if it’s not a coveted spot on the Olympic team.
The majority see the college scholarship as an end goal that is more tangible and realistic than the Olympics, a way to pay back their years of support and effort. …
“The experience we’re giving kids is generally out of touch with what they want. The default setting of the majority of coaches around the world still is to be predominantly physically-based and repetition-based, telling kids to do laps and yell times. That’s not coaching, connecting, inspiring.
“My strong belief is that the solution to turning around the falling numbers playing competitive sport is to change coaching. To make it more relationship-based and experience-based.”