Luckly, My Nasita is one of the less competitive members of her team. She's there to show off more then compete. She doesn't really care if she comes in 1st or 9th. For the time being, DW and I are enjoying this attitude, knowing that as she advances and gets older, this will certainly change.
To me, the Elites, and U.S. team pressure is simply unimaginable and I'm frankly happy that Nastia will NEVER be at that level.
Even after spending more then two-thirds of thier lives training in gymnastics, in effect, giving up their one and only shot at a "normal" childhood, friends, family time, childhood adventures, etc -- it's STILL up to the US Gymnastics committee to decide their true fate. So I'm confident there is a good deal of 'sucking up' on top of athletic ability heaped upon this already fragile stack of pressure.
The one thing I absolutely LOVE about Olympic Gymnasts is the true level of modesty, civility, and sportsmenship they display. You simply don't see a gymnast from any country interviewing with the media, and 'talking smack' like you see in other sports, or being disrespectful to other competitors. (such is the case in Track and other sports like it).
They are always cordial, respectable, and sports minded to the truest of definitions.
I have nothing but respect.