I am so incredibly impressed with the U.S. Women's Gymnastics Team - not because of their ability on the competition floor, but because of their compassion off of it. Alicia Sacramone, team captain, had a disastrous day during the team final. She fell on her beam mount and had several balance checks in the routine. Moving to floor, she stepped out of bounds on a tumbling pass and completely missed one of her tumbling moves, falling to the ground. It has been speculated that these errors cost the team the gold medal.
And yet...the team rallied around her. None of those girls made her feel bad. If anything, they helped her get through it. She is beating herself up for her mistakes, but rather than join in the bashing, the team has let it go. They are happy with their silver medal and are moving on to concentrating on the All-Around, which will take place tomorrow morning in Beijing. It's so wonderful to see a group of young women who understand what it really means to be a team. It's not just celebrating the wins, it's about consoling one another through the losses and making sure that every single team member feels valued, understood, and perhaps most of all for Alicia - forgiven.
Watch the interview with Alicia Sacramone after last night's final. It ends with a team interview that shows their spirit and their true family ties: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5CYoo2pkmB4