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2008 Silver Medal Olympian. NCAA All-Around Champion. Hoosier turned UCLA Bruin. And now…a sports commentator. There isn’t much Samantha Peszek can’t do. She is a compact ball of energy that has a bright future ahead of her.

Samantha grew up in Indianapolis as an elite gymnast. Once she was done competing at the elite level, she packed her bags, headed west to the University of California at Los Angeles where she killed it as a Bruin. The school recently surprised Samantha by retiring her leotard. While her heart and family remain in Indiana, she loves the healthy lifestyle that California provides from both a nutritional and fitness perspective.

We sat down at Deveau’s Gymnastics, the gym where she grew up, to chat with Samantha before the Olympics. She discussed overcoming mental blocks, some of her predictions for the Olympic games, and what is in store for the future. For those Instagram fans, she and Olympic teammate, Alicia Sacramone, recently launched The Gympire (‘thegympire’) to inspire people to keep moving.

Samantha is well-articulate and smart. It was an exciting interview for Kristi Lee and Tiffany Stoner…two enormous gymnastics fans.

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