I was attracted to the beauty of the sport. I practiced gymnastics at six years old and a provisional synchro coach encouraged me to join a team at ten years old.
It takes a lot of practice time and focus on building the right team. I practiced eight hours a day, six days a week, when competing. No pain, no gain. Parents and girls need to know what it takes to reach the highest level. Talk to those that have achieved this. Parents need to help children overcome challenges. Minors do not have the precise judgment to motivate themselves and push through. This is something that requires guidance. People say that it is not a competitive sport; it is more artistic. The Olympics legitimizes it as a sport. When you see the intensity of the Olympians performance, you can see the athleticism involved. In order to be successful, kids need to be mentally prepared for practice and performance all the time, accept best and worse consequences and beat their best every day.

Olivia Zhang

I was attracted to the beauty of the sport. I practiced gymnastics at six years old and a provisional synchro coach encouraged me to join a team at ten years old. It takes a lot of practice time and focus on building the right team. I practiced eight hours a day, six days a week, when competing. No pain, no gain. Parents and girls need to know what it takes to reach the highest level. Talk to those that have achieved this. Parents need to help children overcome challenges. Minors do not have the precise judgment to motivate themselves and push through. This is something that requires guidance. People say that it is not a competitive sport; it is more artistic. The Olympics legitimizes it as a sport. When you see the intensity of the Olympians performance, you can see the athleticism involved. In order to be successful, kids need to be mentally prepared for practice and performance all the time, accept best and worse consequences and beat their best every day.
 

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