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Aimee Boorman and Maggie Haney: The Olympic Experience

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THIS WEEK’S INTERVIEW

Aimee Boorman, lifelong coach of 2016 Olympic Champion and bazillion time World Champion, Simone Biles; and Maggie Haney, coach of Olympic team gold and beam silver medalist, Laurie Hernandez, joined us to discuss their Olympic experience: 

  • Advice for other coaches on how to survive an Olympic year
  • Why having a thigh gap is no good for gymnasts
  • Culture changes at the national team camps that made the system work 
  • How camps are different under Valeri Liukin than they were under Martha Karolyi
  • Standing up to Martha
  • All the skills Simone could have had named after her if Aimee and Simone hadn’t decided on the bubble wrap policy.
  • How Riley McCusker got her Chinese bar dismount.

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4 years ago

Thank you for clearing up the issues with Classics and everyone blaming Maggie for FORCING AND PUSHING her to compete. This finally cleared it up!

Heather stewart
Heather stewart
4 years ago

What a great interview from two inspirational coachs. I love how grounded they are. Packed full of wisdom!

Lauren
Lauren
4 years ago

I\’m curious. After all of the information that is coming out about \”camp\” from the Larry Nassar trial (impact statements from gymnasts), how can these coaches have such \”fond\” memories of camp? It\’s concerning how they downgraded the fear the gymnasts felt towards Marta. They felt a little bit of fear, but not full on fear. Though many of the gymnasts who aren\’t afraid of their reputation being damned, all say that it was torture and very abusive. This just shows the culture USAG and USOC has created for Elite gymnasts and their coaches.

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