I loved the sport, and I wanted to improve. Thinking of others' impressions only hampered that goal, I realized. All I needed to focus on was myself, and the other things -- the things out of my control -- would naturally play out.
It's a daily struggle to keep the little ones in line and I'm grateful for discreetly-imparted tips from family, friends, teachers and wise elders. Unfortunately, there are some out there who simply aren't working with me, making my job vastly more difficult than it needs to be.
She dances, she flips, she acts, she sings, and now, Rachele Brooke Smith has become the founder and CEO of Unbreakable Dreams, a company that brings motivational speeches, activities, and dreams to those devoid.
For the past decade, I've been wandering like a dervish around the globe -- trying to see things from a different perspective -- specifically, upside down. While some people fly or sail around the world, I'm trying to cartwheel across this great Earth.
Everything changed when the doctors discovered that the pain in my wrist wasn't a sprain. The doctors told me I never would do gymnastics again. Both my world and my Olympic dream came crashing down in that doctors' office.