This week millions of little girls are doing handstands and cartwheels in their living rooms as they cheer for Simone, Gabby, Aly, Laurie and Madison. Once again, the USA women’s team breezed their way to team gold in Rio. For many Americans, the highlights of the 2012 Olympic Games included watching the USA women’s gymnastics team dominate the competition. And the domination continues. Since 2012, American teams have tallied three additional world championships. In fact, the last time the American women were beaten on the world stage was in 2010.
Whether or not you enjoy, or even understand gymnastics, we can learn valuable lessons from any organization which has achieved this level of excellence. Martha Karolyi, the national team coordinator, has been credited with a keen eye for talent and meticulous attention to detail. There is no doubt her leadership has contributed greatly to the team’s success. However, there are many years of effort leading up to the selection of each national team. The talent strategy created by the USA Gymnastics association makes the team’s successes possible.