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'Amazing Grace: Valorie Kondos Field Has Had Quite A Ride'
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IG: Are you religious or spiritual?

VK: I am both religious and spiritual.

IG: What do you like to do to escape the gym?

VK: I love to have lunch or an early dinner on one of our many outside gorgeous patio restaurants near campus with friends. One thing I’m always grateful for living in LA, we don’t have a lot of bugs so sitting outside for a meal is heaven on earth.

IG: As a dancer in Sacramento and Washington D.C., what types of dances did you perform?

VK: Mainly the classics, Nutcracker, Giselle, Swan Lake, Coppelia.

IG: How did you beat cancer?

VK: I beat cancer because I live at a time that has the chemo for my particular type of breast cancer. Had I gotten diagnosed 10 years earlier they had nothing for this type. Also, my doctors believe my extremely positive and grateful attitude had a lot to do with it.

IG: How do you think your emotions will play out after retiring?

VK: I know I’m really going to miss seeing the girls on a daily basis. However, I’m going to be really busy so I don’t think it will set in until next Fall when I don’t report to UCLA for the next season.

IG: How will you remember Katelyn Ohashi?

VK: First of all, Kate and I have a lot of gigs already set up together for after NCAA’s. Gymnastically, I will remember Kate as one of the most talented and fun competitors I’ve ever coached.How will you remember Katelyn Ohashi?

Read the entire interview in the 2019 June issue of International Gymnast. To subscribe to the print and/or digital edition, or to order back issues of International Gymnast magazine, click here.

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