World Team Champion and Olympic Silver Medalist, Terin Humphrey, Joins Quatro!
Quatro welcomes World and Olympic medallist, Terin Humphrey, to our growing team. Terin has dedicated her whole life to the sport of gymnastics and with her experience and passion, she will continue to make an impact as a National Sales Rep and Project Coordinator for Quatro.
Terin has a performance history that speaks for itself. She was a member of the first winning US women’s team at the 2003 World Championships. In addition to winning an individual silver medal on bars, she helped Team USA secure a team silver at the 2004 Summer Olympics. 11X All American, she has been inducted into the Hall of Fame twice. Before retirement she competed for the University of Alabama, winning 2 NCCA National Championship titles on the uneven bars.
Terin’s drive for excellence and winning attitude make her a great fit for Quatro Gymnastics.
An interview with Terin
How did you get involved in gymnastics?
I was 2 years old and bouncing off the couch and climbing the walls and cabinets in my house. My mom knew I needed to do a sport, so she suggested gymnastics or ice skating to my dad. My dad said yes to gymnastics and no to ice skating, so that’s how it all began.
Was there a time you seriously considered quitting the sport? And if so what ended up convincing you to stay?
As an elite athlete, more times than not you think about quitting. Gymnastics is hard. But it’s the little wins each day that keep you going. My dad always said you don’t want to go through life with regrets. So that kind of stuck with me. I told myself, “I’m so close to going to the Olympics, I can’t quit now or I will think about it forever and always wonder what if.”
How was being a collegiate gymnast different from being an elite gymnast?
It was harder for me to be a collegiate gymnast because of the hours. I was used to training 40+ hours a week and in college I only trained 20 hours per week all whilst dealing with body changes. The environment in college was laid back and I was not used to that!
What was the biggest obstacle you overcame in the sport? How?
My biggest obstacle comes now! I trained my entire life for gymnastics, so I think it’s really hard to move on from the sport. I always seem to be drawn back into the sport in some way. I was a Police Officer for 4.5 years but ultimately went back to gymnastics because it’s what I know and it’s what I am good at.
How did you adjust to life after gymnastics? Any advice for retiring gymnasts?
It’s hard to adjust after gymnastics because it's all you know for so long. My best advice is to always have extra hobbies like painting, walking, or going ice skating. Find joy with your friends and family!