Why You Should Never Go to a Gymnastics Presser
These are direct, consecutive quotes from today's press conference with the U.S. women's gymnastics team. I'm a horrible public speaker, as this week's video clips are making clear, so I don't want to toss too many stones. But this event today made me want to fill my ears with yak cheese.
The question that began the fun was about an injury to gymnast Chellsie Memmel.
Teammate: Um, yeah, you know, uh, we're such a strong team. You know, we've got each other's backs no matter what happens, and, um, we're just out here to fight, and, you know, take care of each other, and we're all ready and prepared to show the world what we can do.
Woman in turquoise: Hi, my name is Shaun Robinson from Access Hollywood, this question is for Nastia and Shawn. I just got here yesterday, I know you ladies have been here for an entire week. I want to do something really fun. What has been the funnest thing you guys have done since you've been here. [Pause, laughter.] That you can tell us about.
Journalist seated behind me: [Curses loudly]
Nastia Liukin: Yeah, our two-a-day training sessions? Um, no, this is my first Olympic Games and everyone else's, and it's been so much fun getting around the Village and just seeing so many different people. And I'm from Dallas, I saw Dirk Nowitzki this morning, and almost had a heart attack. I got a picture with him. So that was probably the highlight of my trip so far. But, you know, just being here with the team and staying in the Village, it's a dream come true for all of us to be here competing and representing our country. So I think that, you know, we're all here really proud to be here and really excited for the competition to get started.
Shawn Johnson: Um, same with me. Just the whole Olympic Village, to me, has been the best experience so far. Um, just being able to walk around and see every different country, every different athlete. You know that they work just as hard as you do, and they got to honor their country. It's just a great feeling. It makes you really proud. So it's great to just be a team.
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