Today on TODAY: US Women’s Gymnastics Team!

Hoda Kotb and Savannah Guthrie on set

I watch the TODAY Show every morning and was excited to see them promote an opportunity to participate in the Fanzone during the Olympic coverage. It seemed like fate: my daughter and I were just about to leave for New York City the next day. Our itinerary was already packed, so I requested tickets for our last day in town: today, August 5th.

Boy, did we luck out! This was the day that Hoda Kotb, Savannah Guthrie, and Al Roker were back from Tokyo — along with the US Women’s Gymnastics Team!!!

The Gymnasts

I cannot describe my excitement at seeing these incredible athletes up close and personal. And though I knew they were tiny, they were TINY! I am only 5’5″ and was taller than all of them.

Standing before us (L-R): Suni Lee, Jordan Chiles, Simone Biles, Jade Carey, Grace McCallum

I’m sure they were exhausted, jet-lagged, and just wanted to go home, but they graciously answered questions and stopped to sign autographs as well.

Grace McCallum and Jordan Chiles signing autographs

The TODAY staff had a surprise in store for Suni Lee: she would be reunited with her family live on TODAY. We’ve watched clips of her childhood entry into gymnastics and knew the story of her father’s unfortunate fall just weeks before she left for the Olympics. He has recovered very well, but is still in a wheelchair. Suni hugged her family and Team USA continued their interviews before Suni then pushed her father’s wheelchair off the Rockefeller Center Plaza.

Simone Biles and Suni Lee watching from the TODAY stage

Hoda Kotb, Savannah Guthrie and Al Roker

I’m an early bird, but getting up at 5:00am to check into the Plaza at 6:00am came early. It was totally worth it, though. Hoda, Savannah and Al were all there, mixing with the crowd and talking to us all. It was fun watching them chat with the fans in the fan zone and answer questions about their time in Tokyo. But my favorite moments were watching Hoda dance. She is a ball of happy energy! It was infectious.

Even better, she graciously took selfies with everyone who asked and has the perfect arm length to do it.

Hoda took this selfie with me and my daughter

After the Olympians left, they continued to film the show outdoors. We were there for hours that flew by like minutes. So much energy! Such fun! It was a definite highlight of our trip and I hope the next time we’re in New York, we can do it again.

There was more to the show than just gymnastics; they also shared some of the favorite foods of Japan

That’s what happened today on TODAY.

What did you do today?

14 responses to “Today on TODAY: US Women’s Gymnastics Team!

  1. What fun! I’ve never done anything like that but would like to – once pandemic concerns subside. Thanks for the cool insights and nice to see that they fed you traditional Japanese food.

  2. What an amazing experience to share with your daughter. The Olympics are an institution that offers athletes a world stage to showcase the results of their hard work.

  3. Great experience. One’s sporting heroes are generally very grounded, grateful for their success and willing to share a little with their admirers. The female stars in particular seem to realise that they are role models for young girls – the USA soccer players like Megan Rapinoe, Carli Lloyd, Alex Morgan et al are great ambassadors. Biles is a household name around the world but she was there at your event along with her teammates.

    • I couldn’t agree with you more, Roy. This generation embodies what it means to be a role model more than any other generation I’ve seen. Maybe because they’re all so accessible now? Which also lends itself to the added pressures of being famous. I was thrilled to see them and listen to their interviews. What a lucky day to be in NY!

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