In a new interview, the two gymnasts, 23 and 29, open up about the struggles they faced during the competition, rumors of retiring and more. Check it:
Chris on the all-around: “In the highest pressure situation possible … to go out there and hit sets and basically just show people that I deserve to be out on the floor. I’ve been an alternate for a long time and to get that opportunity is just pretty special to me. I’m glad I could come through it.”
Sam on having no regrets: “I wouldn’t change any way that I’ve prepared for this competition. I put my heart and soul into it every single day. I hit all of my routines. I have no regrets.”
Chris on what he would do over again: “Hitting high bar and sticking was a phenomenal feeling to say the least…Just a little disappointed I couldn’t have hit a little better pommel horse routine, but I stayed on, so that’s good.”
Sam on his routines: “This is the epitome of the sport, and when you can go and put on a solid performance that lives up to your expectations of what you should be capable of doing, you can be nothing but happy about it.”
While Chris has finished his Olympic competition, he won’t be retiring. We’ll see Sam again this weekend during the high bar and floor exercise individual finals.
Had an absolute blast on the floor in AA finals, it was an HONOR to represent my country and share the floor amongst that level of competition! Wanted to share this moment of my coach and i after completing my final routine of the event as a thank you to everyone who has contributed to getting me here. So much effort behind the scenes from various people in my life, thank you doesn't even begin to describe how appreciative I am!! Also thank you to the fans for the incredible support as well! #teamusa #heart #dreamscometrue