No Regrets with Bridget Sloan – Bonus Episode 4

The Recap

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.

Episode Highlights

  • 01:50 – Sam welcomes Bridget to the podcast
  • 03:44 – Sam and Bridget recall early memories of their friendship
  • 09:56 – Bridget’s gymnastics background
  • 12:37 – The moment Bridget knew she wanted to go to the Olympics
  • 14:17 – Sam and Bridget describe how influential their parents were to their gymnastics careers
  • 16:59 – Bridget recalls not making the National Team the first time out
  • 18:25 – Sam and Bridget remember their first international trip together
  • 19:34 – Bridget chronicles how injury and doubt affected her leading up to the 2008 Olympics
  • 23:55 – Sam and Bridget discuss competing in the Olympic selection camp
  • 28:47 – Recalling favorite Olympic memories, gymnastics and otherwise
  • 33:39 – Bridget answers fan questions
  • 35:07 – Bridget sums up each of her 2008 Olympic teammates in one word
  • 42:18 – Bridget recalls butting heads with Sam the first time she came to train at her gym
  • 47:10 – The highs and lows of training together in 2009
  • 49:55 – Bridget answers more fan questions
  • 52:46 – Bridget recalls feeling betrayed by a former life-long coach
  • 1:06:00 – Bridget speaks to how the Marvin Sharps and Larry Nasars of the world could get away with such horrible crimes for so long
  • 1:09:19 – The secret to Bridget’s awesomeness
  • 1:11:31 – Why Bridget chose to attend the University of Florida
  • 1:18:01 – Bridget’s favorite part of competing in Elite and college
  • 1:19:49 – How Bridget maintains her positive spirit
  • 1:21:56 – Bridget recalls her favorite moment in collegiate gymnastics
  • 1:28:15 – The hardest part of retiring from gymnastics
  • 1:31:28 – Bridget’s relationship with CrossFit
  • 1:39:23 – Bridget reveals one thing people can do to get 1% better each day
  • 1:40:33 – Bridget and Sam each state two things they’re thankful for
  • 1:44:02 – Where fans can follow Bridget

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