Win the Day with Olivia Karas – Season 2 Episode 13

The Recap

Sam welcomes Olivia Karas to the podcast. She is currently a senior at the University of Michigan where she contributed to their 2019 Big Ten Championship. Olivia was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 2016 and she has scored a 9.925 or higher on every single event, so far, of her career. In this episode, Sam and Olivia talk all about the peaks and valleys of Olivia’s collegiate career, from a devastating Achilles injury to competing in the Flip for Chip memorial meet. They preview the 2019 NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Regionals, which will be held in Ann Arbor, Michigan this year. Finally, Olivia shares her fond memories of attending the University of Michigan as well as her plans for after graduation.

Episode Highlights

  • 00:57 – Sam thanks her sponsors, Tumbl Trak and Destira
  • 01:57 – Introducing today’s guest, Olivia Karas
  • 03:03 – Sam and Olivia recall early memories of each other
  • 05:29 – Highlights from Michigan’s latest meet
  • 11:14 – Sam and Olivia talk about scoreboard watching
  • 14:01 – Olivia talks about her team’s energy and attitude throughout the meet
  • 14:55 – Mid-season slumps
  • 18:01 – Olivia talks about the all-around championship and being named co-champion
  • 19:42 – What Olivia wants everyone to know about her team this year
  • 21:24 – Olivia’s favorite part of the Big Ten Championships
  • 22:57 – The strength and resiliency of Olivia’s team
  • 24:09 – Becoming a leader and mentor for the younger teammates
  • 24:42 – Michigan’s goals for the postseason
  • 25:24 – The importance of having Regionals held at Michigan this year
  • 26:46 – Sam and Olivia bond over their shared Achilles injuries
  • 28:21 – Olivia encourages fans at Regionals to cheer loudly!
  • 28:42 – Sam takes a moment to thank her sponsors once again
  • 29:47 – How Olivia got started in gymnastics
  • 30:57 – The college recruitment process
  • 32:29 – The decision to attend The University of Michigan
  • 35:14 – Olivia shares her favorite meet from her career, the Flip for Chip Meet
  • 39:04 – How Olivia remained positive throughout the recovery from her Achilles injury
  • 42:03 – Something Olivia would change about her gymnastics career
  • 43:08 – Something Olivia would keep the same about her gymnastics career
  • 43:30 – Why Olivia chose not to pursue Elite Gymnastics
  • 45:24 – The assistant coach controversies
  • 48:14 – Olivia’s decision not to return for a fifth year at Michigan
  • 49:00 – Olivia’s plans for post-graduation
  • 51:27 – The Michigan Alumni Quiz
  • 52:38 – How Olivia’s four years in Ann Arbor impacted her
  • 53:48 – Olivia’s favorite place in Ann Arbor
  • 54:30 – The Madonna tweets
  • 56:07 – Olivia’s favorite non-gymnastics memory from college
  • 59:35 – Olivia reveals one thing people can do to get 1% better each day

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