101: Olivia Vivian

Jul 2, 2014 | GymCastic, Interviews, Podcast

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Australian Olympian, Oregon State star and Commonwealth team member, Olivia Vivian…just hanging out for a chat with us!

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This Week's Interview

Australian Olympian, Olivia Vivian, perhaps the biggest ham in all of elite gymnastics, is with us this week! She helped Australia to a sixth place finish, its best Olympic finish in history in Beijing. Despite a back fracture, a mangled hand and being normal height of 5′ 6″, she’s made a successful comeback to elite at the age of 24, almost 10 years since she first completed at the 2005 world championships. We can’t wait to watch the Oregon Beaver compete at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow later this month. We are putting out bets on her to duke it out with the British in bars finals. We discuss:

  • “Australian Gymnastics Jail” – her thoughts on the Australians being left at home for the Antwerp World Championships last year.
  • Learning new techniques from coach John Carney at OSU to improve her already stellar bars.
  • How college gymnastics in America gave her a better understanding of the competitiveness Peggy Liddick brings to the Australian program.
  • Earning a living as an adult athlete and returning to elite training hours.
  • The freedom and trust she experienced from her coaches as an adult elite athlete.

Guest Links

Check out Olivia’s antics on her Twitter, Facebook, YouTube Channel or Instagram.

Related Photos

Just some of the reasons we love Miss Vivian and her Instagram account.

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