I couldn't NOT blog about what I watched last night as the 2012 U.S. Olympic Women's Gymnastics Team was chosen.
It was a beautiful moment.
To see these girls who've literally trained their entire lives for this one day - be chosen to represent their country in their sport.
Now, let me just take a moment to say how devastated and disappointed I was to hear the news of Shawn Johnson's retirement a while back. While I completely understand and support her decision not to continue due to her knee injury, I absolutely adore her. Plus, she's my doppelgänger. It will be tough not to see her out there in London.
Gymnastics is one of those sports where retiring at age 20 is not uncommon. Even Nastia Liukin [age 22 and the all-around gold medalist from the 2008 Beijing Games] and Alicia Sacramone [age 24] did not make the 2012 Olympic Team. It was pretty emotional watching Nastia finish her last exercise followed by a standing ovation from the arena. She is loved.
And then there were the moments leading up to the announcement of the 2012 Team. I can only imagine what was going through the minds of those girls.
As Steve Penny, USA Gymnastics President walked out to announce the names, the crowd sure went wild. As soon as the names were announced, the cameras shot back to the line-up of girls making their way out into the arena. Wearing their beautiful red, white, and blue warm-ups, they covered their mouths in awe as tears filled their eyes.
You better believe tears filled my eyes as well. As a competitive dancer growing up, gymnastics has always held a special place in my heart as a similar sport and this event in the Olympics will always be my favorite. That one moment, hearing their names called as part of the 2012 Olympic Team, is the moment they all have worked day and night for.
I was so moved while watching that moment live.
There is just something about those live, real, life-changing moments. That's what life is about. Going after your dreams and watching them come true.
To Gabby Douglas, Jordyn Wieber, Aly Raisman, McKayla Maroney, and Kyla Ross... Congratulations! I can't wait to cheer you on in just a few short weeks! GO TEAM USA!
Did you watch the Gymnastics Trials last night?