Kayla’s letter to youth olympians was recently published on teamusa.org. You can find the text below and read the entire article here at teamusa.org.
Dear Youth Olympians,
Congratulations on making the Youth Olympic Team! What an achievement! I can remember going to London with so much excitement and nervous energy – not knowing what to expect, but aiming high. It was my first Olympics and an experience I will never forget. It was an amazing inspiration just to be there among the world’s greatest athletes. I can still picture walking into the Opening Ceremony and being overcome with awe. When I felt the heat from the Olympic flame on my face — GAME ON! :)
One of my the biggest surprises and most rewarding experiences of the Games was being able to watch and cheer on my USA teammates. The Games is filled with the triumphs of victory and the agony of defeat, and being able to be there for my fellow athletes was something I’ll never regret. So cheer on and cheer loud!
I can honestly say I don’t have any regrets from my experience in London. Meeting new people, making life-long friends, and getting to show the world the sport I love in all its glory was truly an honor. And doing so as a member of Team USA is the biggest privilege of all.
I know you’re enthusiastic, nervous and probably just ready to get there and do what you do best, but remember to enjoy the journey. Hopefully this is the beginning of a long and fulfilling career. Best of luck to you all. Go, compete hard, and leave it all out there. And remember to have fun while you’re doing it! You’ve worked diligently to get there – you deserve it! GO TEAM USA!