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I Have Cool Friends

Jan 3, 2019

Welcome to Season 2 of the I Have Cool Friends Podcast! 2018 was such a special year, as Sam details in the opening of this episode. The podcast has already surpassed 100,000 downloads spanning 100 different countries and is the number one podcast in the college and high school sports category! It recently broke into and top 100 in the overall general sports category, as well. Today, Sam welcomes back recurring guest, Bridget Sloan. Bridget was one of Sam’s former teammates from the 2008 Olympics and is currently an analyst for ESPN’s SEC Network. 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.

In this episode, Sam and Bridget recap the 2018 NCAA Gymnastics season from UCLA’s dominant season, to individual champions, including Maggie Nichols, Mykayla Skinner, and Christine Peng-Peng Lee. Bridget and Sam talk about their roles as gymnastics analysts for the SEC and PAC12 networks, respectively. They discuss the state of collegiate gymnastics and the new postseason format for the 2019 season. Sam and Bridget also break down the top twelve teams from this past season and analyze their potential for the upcoming season. Everything from recruiting classes to players graduated, to new coaches is discussed in this jam-packed episode. Finally, Bridget shares one piece of advice that college gymnasts can utilize to get better every day.

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