Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Mohini Bhardwaj Biography

Mohini Bhardwaj biography
September 29, 1978

Country Represented: USA

Coaches: Chris Waller, Galina Marinova, Val Kondos-Field, and Rita Brown

Best Event: Based on her scores and placements at US Senior Nationals, Mohini's two best events were vault and beam. She was a consistent gymnast on all events and has earned quite a few All-Around titles at big meets.

Best Known For: Mohini was part of a silver-medal team at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece. She nearly missed out on participating at the Olympic trials due to an elbow injury and financial troubles, but, with the help of many part-time jobs and a $20,000 grant from Pamela Anderson, Mohini was able to attend the trials and impress the Karolyis so much that she was named US team captain.

Currently: Mohini retired from gymnastics in 2005 at the age of 26. She is currently coaching at Cascade All Star Gymnastics in Oregon. She is married to a Marine and has a son born in 2009.

Interesting Fact: Before much of Mohini's elite career took off, she took a scholarship to become one of the standout members of UCLA's gymnastics team. This is where Mohini increased the difficulty level of her skills and re-focused to go on to the Olympics, where she became the first Indian-American to win an Olympic medal.

Photo Copyright J. Bierbaum. Thanks for the great pic!

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