Gold medalist gymnasts aren’t supposed to come from small West Virginia coal mining towns, but I was presented with an opportunity and I went for it.
When you are presented with a doorway of opportunity, you have to enter and push through – because you don’t know if that door will be in front of you again.
I can remember telling my mom with a passion, ‘I’m going to go to the Olympics just like her. I’m going to win a gold medal, not for that country, but for ours.’ As silly and as crazy as that seems, I dreamed about that moment every single night as I lay in my bed.
It was one of the most incredible moments of my life.
What you all saw in that film was not supposed to happen, but I’ve got some gold medals at home that say it did.
Only way to make your dreams come true is taking those challenges and meeting them. I wasn’t supposed to be there. I certainly wasn’t supposed to do that.