Inside Gymnastics: What have you been up to lately?
Terin Humphrey: Life has been crazy busy! After I competed for three years at the University of Alabama (I won 2 NCAA uneven bars titles and 11X All-American), I moved back to Kansas City, Missouri to be around my family. I was a police officer for four and a half years, but decided to go back to my roots to gymnastics. I have been on the Olympic Selection Committee since 2009 and will be the Athlete Representative until 2019. (The girls re-elected me about 3 years ago.) I am currently coaching at a local club X-treme in Lee’s Summit, Mo and attending massage therapy school. I work camps & clinics traveling across the map in the summer time. I also participated in American Ninja Warrior for two seasons! But I bombed one year, lol. Props to Casey!
Inside: Tell us about being on the Selection Committee during the lead-up to the 2012 Olympics. What did serving on the committee involve?
Terin: Being on the committee is intense! It’s crazy to be on the opposite side of things and behind the scenes and decide (along with Martha) who will be representing USA at Worlds and Olympic Games. It is amazing but also hard. It’s hard to deny amazing athletes who have worked and devoted their entire lives to this sport a spot on that team. Basically, I travel to every training camp, competition, and usually one international meet a year with the girls. (This year was Italy). I am like the team mom, mentor, ear, and shoulder when the girls need me. They are all like my babies and I have watched Aly and Gabby grow the past seven years into talented, hardworking, independent young women!
Inside: Can you describe the process of choosing the 2012 Olympic team?
Terin: The process is basically the exact same as being an athlete only without the working out part! We travel to every competition, training camp, and training session. We figure out the highest start values, most consistent, who is healthy, who can mentally handle the stress, who can be a leader to the team, etc. We typically try and decide who is the best all-around gymnast and fill in the holes (events) from there. Typically, the Olympic Committee gets together after every training session or competition and discusses each athlete and where they are at, at the moment, their progress, etc.
Inside: What are some of your favorite gymnastics memories?
Terin: Making the Olympic team in 2004 after my 2003 World spot had been stripped away from me. Winning a silver medal with my Olympic team after all of our bumps in the road. The individual silver medal on bars was the icing to my cake to end my elite career.
Inside: What was your favorite skill to compete?
Terin: I loved competing bars! It was my favorite event. However, dancing on floor was amazing and I loved getting the crowd involved. But competing my skill (the Humphrey; triple turn in the squat position) on beam and hearing the crowd scream at it always made me chuckle! It is flattering that the Humphrey is such a common skill now a days but nobody knows where it came from!
Inside: Which Code of Points was better, in your opinion? The 10.0 system or the open-ended code?
Terin: Definitely the 10.0 system! Everyone knows the 10.0 system (especially with Nadia and Mary Lou) and the normal public doesn’t understand the new code as much and even experienced Olympians still have issues understanding this new scoring system.
Inside: It’s been twelve years since Athens 2004. Can you reflect back on your Olympic journey?
Terin: Absolutely! I loved my journey to the Olympics. My Olympic tattoo will never let me forget my hard work I endured for many years in gymnastics. It was a very hard time in my life but worth every single sacrifice and this sport does more and more for me every day of my life.
Sometimes it’s hard though, because during my time as a gymnast there was no social media. My generation of competitors is not easily recognized and their accomplishments may not get the attention they deserve like today’s competitors.
Inside: Would you consider coaching one day?
Terin: Yes! In fact, I quit the Police Department to coach locally and attend camps and clinics during the summer time because I love this sport and have given it 27 years of my life!
Anna Rose Johnson writes about women’s artistic and rhythmic gymnastics. She loves Whippets, brownies, and full-twisting double layouts. Her writing portfolio can be viewed at: https://annarosejohnson.contently.com