Head Coach for UCLA Women’s Gymnastics Program, Valorie Kondos Field, known affectionately as “Miss Val,” has guided and influenced thousands of student-athletes, including Olympic champions, Simone Biles, Jordan Wieber, Kyla Ross, and Madison Kocian. With multiple NCAA Championships titles and twenty-six years of coaching experience, the Pac-12 “Coach of The Century” recently faced her biggest challenge outside of the gymnasium: fighting and surviving breast cancer. During BCA Miss Val worked on the CBS television special Jump Jive & Thrive (airing on October 21st), honoring cancer survivors and Thrivers. In the face of adversity, Miss Val has always adhered to her positive outlook, which has resonated profoundly with her students, athletes, and fans. Now she shares her Eight Secrets For Championship Beauty with Beauty Undercover!
1) DO YOU! “Don’t aspire to be someone else,” warns Miss Val. “You will always be a second rate ‘Them,’ and worse you will never achieve a first rate ‘You.'”
2) CLEAN FUELING WITH MIND, BODY & SOUL There’s a lot of talk about “clean eating”‘ vs dieting.” Clean eating is fueling our bodies with pure and natural nutrients. “The same should be true of our minds and souls,” Miss Val suggests. “When we choose ‘clean’ thoughts and daily practices of rejuvenation we feel lighter and refreshed in spirit.”
3) GRATITUDE Miss Val begins each day with a steam of gratitudes, starting with “Yay ~ I get another day!” Make it a habit to “recognize and acknowledge moment-by-moment gratitudes,” she suggests.