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I Have Cool Friends

Dec 12, 2018

Sam welcomes to the podcast close friend and former 2008 Olympic teammate, Bridget Sloan. Saving the best for last, Bridget is the final guest on Sam’s exclusive bonus series where she has interviewed all members of her 2008 Olympic team. Bridget’s gymnastics accomplishments include nine-time NCAA champion with the University of Florida, 2008 Olympic silver medalist, and 2009 World Champion in the all-around. Since retiring from gymnastics, Bridget has been an active member of the gymnastics community, serving as an advocate and analyst for the sport. Bridget currently lives in Orlando, Florida, and has taken up CrossFit as a hobby, even though she never thought she would!

In this episode, Sam and Bridget recall their favorite memories from the 2008 Olympics, including visiting the Great Wall of China and an awkward photo shoot with navy blue cargo pants. As the youngest member of the 2008 Olympic team, Bridget had a different journey when she arrived back from Beijing. She continued her distinguished gymnastics career at the University of Florida where she contributed to three consecutive national titles. Sam and Bridget also touch on the recent scandals that have sent shockwaves through the sport of gymnastics and how it impacted Bridget on a personal level. Finally, Sam and Bridget share a few things they are thankful for this year and give advice to aspiring gymnasts everywhere.

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