If Australian Olympic gymnast Larrissa Miller had to choose a favourite competition out of her long-term career – it would have to be the 2016 Rio Olympics!

 

Despite being selected as Australia’s sole gymnast to compete at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, dual Olympian Larrissa Miller says it was the most “enjoyable” competition of her career.

 

“It was like I’m here, I’ve made it – just relax, breathe, let it happen and that’s what I did.”

 

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The Rio Olympics was the first time in 25 years that Australia did not qualify for a women’s gymnastics team.

 

Miller spoke at the Victorian Gymnastics Championships dinner at the State Netball and Hockey Centre in May and admits that at first, jetting off to Rio without any team members was overwhelming.

 

“I was scared to just go over there by myself,” she says.

 

“Being in Rio was kind of a whirlwind, like we found out we didn’t qualify as a team and then three weeks later we had to compete for that sole spot and a few months later I was off to Rio.”

 

“I felt like I had the weight of Australia on my shoulders.”

 

But once the Olympian set foot in Rio, her nerves vanished and she found friendships among athletes from across the globe.

 

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“Everyone was just so supportive of everyone, we didn’t even know each other, but it was just so instantly like that … it was amazing,” she says.

 

Miller also competed at the 2012 London Olympic Games and the 2014 Glasglow Commonwealth Games and still hopes to make the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

 

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She now shares her Olympic success stories with her gymnasts at Waverley Gymnastics Centre in Melbourne. She coaches elite competitive gymnasts between the ages of 6-9 and is a big believer that gymnasts can have an amazing competition experience, despite being nervous.

 

“Nerves are a really important part of competing because it keeps your adrenaline up,” she says.

 

“It’s just about learning how to manage that and I think over the years I’ve learnt how to control them and not let them take over.”

 

Want to see more of Larrissa Miller? Catch her on television series Australian Ninja Warrior on Nine from 7:30pm.