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A Message from Li Li Leung
posted on 03/30/2020

The last several years have had a profound impact on us, and have necessitated changes in nearly every aspect of our sport. Each of us has had to process what it means to truly create change and transform our culture, while still continuing to celebrate everything that makes gymnastics the incredible sport it is.

Now, we are facing a global pandemic, and the concerns that come with that about our own health and well-being, and those of our children, parents, grandparents, neighbors, and the entire global community.

We do not yet know the magnitude of this pandemic, or the extent of the emotional, physical and financial toll that will result from it. We do not know what events we will be able to hold or participate in this year, or what "normal" will look like on the other side of this.

What we do know is that even though we are all facing hardship and even though we are physically apart, we are coming together to support each other in so many ways - virtual training for athletes, sharing business resources between club owners, and even using the power of social media and our love of gymnastics to stay connected to each other during this isolating time. That is powerful, and worth celebrating.

There is so much uncertainty right now, and that is unsettling. But, I am certain that if we continue to think about how we can support our athletes and community, how we can continue to show each other kindness and compassion, and how we can keep coming together even while we are apart, I know that we will be even stronger as a community when we emerge from this.

This community has shown tremendous resilience in the past and I have no doubt that our strength will help us persevere again.

Thank you for your patience as we try to work through this and provide resources for you all. Thank you for your compassion, for your creativity and ideas, and for your commitment to helping the community navigate this unprecedented situation together.

Stay strong,
Li Li Leung
President & CEO, USA Gymnastics