“It’s just a part of this year,” Moldauer said. “You have to understand that certain things aren’t going to go as planned. At the end of the day, it just makes for a greater story. You get to say you were a part of the Olympics at such a crazy time of everyone’s life. And to say that you did it, you should be proud.
Just days after being named to the Olympic team as an alternate, Allan Bower came to find out indirectly that he was the only one of the five named alternates not to receive USA Gymnastics national team funding to continue to support his journey in the sport. “I felt like I was finally happy with being an alternate and for my performance and my entire career. And then I just felt like all that happiness was taken away from me. It really sucked. It’s been a hard couple of weeks…It’s difficult.”
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