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S2 / E35: Olga Karmansky, Contortion Coach & Former US Rhythmic Gymnast

August 16, 2023

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Join host Ashley as she takes a delightful trip down memory lane on this week’s episode of Bizzimumzi podcast. She’s thrilled to reconnect with the extraordinary Olga Karmansky, an American individual rhythmic gymnast who has represented her nation in numerous international competitions.

Olga’s accomplishments are nothing short of impressive. At the 2001 Pan American Gymnastics Championships, she displayed her prowess, clinching the gold medal in the team all-around, individual all-around, and hoop events, along with the bronze medals in ball and rope events. But Olga’s talents extend beyond the gymnastics arena; she also graced the Broadway stage in the critically acclaimed show, Pippin, and toured the globe with Panic at the Disco, leaving audiences in awe of her abilities.

Life took a wonderful turn for Olga as she embraced motherhood, now cherishing her role as a loving mom to a three-year-old girl. The arrival of her daughter brought profound changes in Olga’s life, altering her priorities and offering therapeutic opportunities to explore life beyond the bustling streets of New York City.

In this heartfelt conversation, Ashley and Olga reminisce about their Broadway experiences and share a good laugh about how pregnancy shifts perspectives and priorities. Olga opens up about the incredible transformation her body underwent during pregnancy, which led to a newfound respect for her physical being. She reflects on her past struggles with body image and how motherhood helped her embrace self-acceptance and appreciation.

As a coach, Olga’s passion and dedication are boundless. She now empowers aspiring gymnasts worldwide through her virtual platform, coaching the next generation of contortion gymnasts with great pride and gratitude. Surprising herself, Olga has built a booming business, training gymnasts virtually, breaking barriers, and connecting with talented individuals globally.

This episode of Bizzimumzi podcast promises an engaging and heartfelt chat between old friends, shedding light on the triumphs and challenges of life, love, and following your passions. Tune in to hear the inspiring journey of Olga Karmansky, the gymnast-turned-Broadway-star and devoted coach, and discover the power of self-discovery and transformation.

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