In Atlanta we had a lot of notoriety and publicity going in because they knew that we were in contention for gold. We did really well on the first and second day of competition. When it was my turn, I went up and I fell. I was hurt. I had torn some ligaments in my ankle. We thought that we needed a good vault in order to secure the gold because the Russians were right behind us. I decided to go. It turns out, I didn't need the vault. The last competitors did poorly.
I'm fortunate that there's something that people know me for. It was an unbelievable moment that I'm proud of, but by the same token, life goes on. Obviously, flying through the air is not something that you're intended to do forever. I don't go in a gym anymore. There's more to me than a gymnast. A lot of people don't understand that. They don't understand why you don't just coach. Just because you're a good gymnast doesn't mean you're going to be a good coach. Just because you're a good gymnast doesn't mean you know how to run a business; a lot of girls try to open up gyms, and they do horribly.
If you meet a new group of people, and they realize who you are, it comes up. I think, at the same token, everybody realizes that it's been a long while, and, like, here in D.C., all my friends are involved in the political scene. I think going to Stanford, everybody was gifted. Like, so what if you were an Olympic gymnast? There's 10 Olympic swimmers over there, and, you know, the kid who opened his own company is sitting to your right. And Chelsea Clinton is sitting in the back. Carolyn Starr [Kenneth Starr's daughter] was in my sorority. Kind of everybody had a special claim to fame.
Obviously, I have a strong tie to gymnastics. I love the sport. I like going to the competitions. I like teaching little kids. But I think it's critical that I do other things in life, too. That's not to say that one day I don't want to get back involved, but for now I need to broaden my horizons.
-- Interview by Tyler Currie