"This makes me smile. Incredible. I laugh because I think of a billion things. Like at first at training camp in Canada.. I mean when you take four of the best head coaches in the country (I’m specifically talking about all girl - I’ll touch on coed after), they’re all going to want to be head coaches right? So they but heads a bit at first, and looking back it’s pretty funny because they eventually figured it out and worked amazingly together. All of Jon’s sassiness, Kenny’s hard work ethic (and I mean hard), Marcy knowing when to yell and when to love (she screeeaamed “SJ!” across the entire UCC gym once just to give me a hug. I was terrified and then comforted to say the least hahaha), and Kim always came in at the right time with the right thing to say. There were times when I thought they would actually kill us, or each other, but we all formed this unforgettable bond throughout the process. I’ve never had anyone push me as hard as they did, but I don’t know if I’ve ever had anyone believe in me like they did. And for some reason I can’t get the image out of my head of all of us crying behind the worlds stage as they left us to do our routine for the last time. I don’t think there was a dry eye on the team (including the coaches). They’re all truly incredible. I’m so blessed to have been able to work with coaches of that caliber."
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