update on Carol Johnston

One of the gymnasts that inspired me most in my life, Carol Johnston, is under treatment for Alzheimer’s.

Her husband Scott D. Koniar posted her story in the Gianna Homes newsletter.

My wife Carol Johnston Koniar was born with one arm in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. …

Her parents encouraged her to not let her one arm be a handicap. Carol grew up enjoying both ice skating and gymnastics.

Carol … received a scholarship to Cal State Fullerton.

In 1979, Disney produced a documentary short on Carol entitled The Truly Exceptional: Carol Johnston.

The documentary was turned into a feature film Lefty, which premiered across the nation as part of Disney’s Wonderful World series.

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Click PLAY or watch a Cal State Fullerton tribute on YouTube.

via Fans of Canadian Gymnastics

Nabieva: I will stay in Gymnastics until I die

Many have been celebrating the planned return of Tatiana Nabieva to competition. But has she ever really retired?

When asked till what age she plans to continue, she answered: “Until I die”. Her actual plan is to compete until a serious injury or until she realized she can’t perform at a high level anymore. When she retires, she plans to focus on coaching full time. She dreams of opening her own gym in Dagestan. …

When asked whether she regrets not making the 2012 Olympic team:

“That’s a very painful topic for me. Yes, of course, I regret it very much. If I had the opportunity, I would turn back the time and change everything, I’d do everything I could to make the team and even more.” …


Nabieva in 2011

Simone’s body image

The world assumes Simone Biles was super coached, super parented, super successful. Always upbeat, energetic and enthusiastic.

But Simone — like most young women — had body image anxiety.

Click PLAY or see her comments on Twitter.

Nastia on falling at Olympic Trials

TG: When was the last time you felt you failed and how did you overcome it?

NL: 2012 Olympic Trials. I went in as the reigning Olympic All-Around Champion.

All eyes were on me. On my best event, I fell…face first. I was so embarrassed, I wanted to crawl under a rock. I got back up and finished my routine, knowing I had absolutely no chance of making my second Olympic Team. I landed on my feet, and for the first time in my entire life I had a standing ovation. 20,000 people were on their feet cheering for me, for the absolute worst routine of my career.

When I won the Olympics four years prior, nobody stood on their feet. Sure they were cheering for me, but when I fell on my face in front of 20,000 people, when I finished that routine they all rose.

It truly became the defining moment of my career. I also thought that in order for people to love and support me, I had to win, to be the best, to get a gold medal. The moment I had at the 2012 Olympic Trials made me realize life isn’t about winning, but more so the journey. …

Nastia Liukin On What It’s Like to Fail In Front of 20,000 People

The Olympic gold medalist talks failure, burnout and how she deals with email.

Click PLAY or watch that routine on YouTube.