Idk, if folks have had the opportunity to see what he posted on facebook, but I encourage anyone to look it up. Really neat, and he definitely earned points in my book. Lord knows I am not his biggest advocate. Maybe he just needs to never give interviews and just release written statements lol. Here is the end of his post:
You would be so proud of our girls throughout the competition. Suni and Jade were cheering for their competitors, fist bumping the Russians, Brazilian and Belgian that were in their rotation. Simone, Jordan, Grace and Mykayla were loudly cheering for, not only our team, but everyone! They demonstrated the epitome of sportsmanship!
When this competition is finally concluded and we can look back on the years since the last Olympics, I believe with my whole heart we have achieved my number one goal since accepting the responsibility of this job: America can remain a world class contender and have fun at the same time. Everyone can feel valued for their efforts regardless of their performance. Don't miss understand me though; fun is not silliness or goofing around. I define fun as enjoying the process of pursuing excellence, allowing people to laugh at themselves when they make a mistake then boldly try again without fear of a scolding. Mistakes will not be held against you so be willing to take risks. No great reward is possible without great risk and to risk means you will make mistakes. To quote Albert Einstein, "Anyone who has never made mistake has never tried anything new."
After the competition Jess and I were talking about Suni's journey and he said something very profound. He said, "We train for gold and compete for fun." WOW! I love that philosophy! Keep your athletes safe both physically and mentally and dare to train those difficult connections in an environment of love an acceptance.
I am encouraging all the coaches that read this post to DREAM BIGGER! Go Team USA!