How Did Danusia Francis Overcome Obstacles to Make the Olympics? + Dealing with the Impact of Coronavirus

The Recap

Sam welcomes to the podcast 2016 NCAA Balance Beam Co-Champion, 6x All-American and 2012 Olympic alternate, Danusia Francis. In this episode, Danusia discusses the unique experience of representing two separate countries in Olympic qualifiers. Danusia opens up about her training regimen, meeting Olympic legend, Usain Bolt, and balancing life while working to qualify for the next Olympic Games. Finally, Danusia talks about the lessons she has learned throughout her gymnastics career, her views on confidence, and her post-retirement plans.

Episode Highlights

01:32 – Introducing today’s guest, Danusia Francis

02:29 – Sam takes a moment to thank her sponsor, Tumbl Trak and Right Rice

03:31 – Sam and Danusia share a fun fact about each other

05:26 – The emotional moment Danusia found out she made the Olympics

06:29 – The process of qualifying for the Olympics

08:39 – How Danusia controlled her nerves throughout Olympic Qualifiers

11:21 – Danusia’s training regimen leading up to the Olympic Games

13:01 – What Danusia is most excited for in the future

13:46 – Why Danusia wasn’t sure if she would try again to compete in another Olympics

17:02 – Doubts Danusia experienced when she returned to Elite gymnastics

20:25 – Balancing life while working out and training

23:15 – Struggles Danusia faces with gymnastics as she gets older

26:16 – Sam takes a moment to thank her sponsors Tumbl Trak and Right Rice

27:17 – The decision to compete for Jamaica rather than Great Britain

29:29 – Danusia recalls meeting Usain Bolt

31:18 – Danusia discusses her experience as an alternate in the 2012 Olympic Games

34:16 – Danusia discusses her emotional Olympic journey

37:57 – What motivates Danusia to continue her pursuit to compete at an Olympic Games

39:18 – The value Danusia places on vision boards

41:53 – How Danusia’s confidence level has changed throughout the years

43:37 – The most valuable lessons gymnastics taught Danusia

44:38 – Danusia talks about the potential for retirement and her post-retirement plans

48:07 – Sam asks Danusia a lightning round of questions

53:26 – Danusia reveals one thing people can do to get 1% better each day

54:31 – Danusia gives her thoughts on the postponement of the 2020 Olympics Games in Tokyo

58:01 – Staying motivated during this period of postponement

58:35 – How this news has affected Danusia emotionally

1:04:50 – Where listeners can follow Danusia

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