Welcome to the fourth of our five-part Rhythmic Gymnastics Olympic video series. This interview features 2004 Athens Olympian Penelope Blackmore.
Dream First, Sport Later.
Have you ever felt like you were 10 steps behind everyone else? Do your goals feel like far away dreams?
Well then, here's Penny the "late bloomer", our fourth Olympian. Having started in artistic gymnastics, and showing no tangible aptitude for rhythmic gymnastics, she became the unlikely hero in her own Olympic story.
Penny has always been in awe of the insurmountable epic-ness of the Olympic Games, and found a sport to fill the blanks between her and her dream.
If you have Olympic-sized goals of your own and feel as distant to them as ever, learn how Penny found just "a kernel of self-belief" was all she really needed to accomplish her wildest aspirations.
In this interview, you'll get to peak into the experiences of the enigmatic Penelope Blackmore. You'll get an insight into:
- Penny's journey from artistic gymnastics (her first love) to rhythmic gymnastics
- How Penny felt a million miles behind her competitors and how she overcame her thoughts
- The importance of having a strong support network
- How being different, being creative and a little stubborn is so much more than just okay
- How gymnastics has helped her in her professional career (HINT: without a degree!)
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