When she started out in gymnastics, Mandy Flesche didn’t like the beam.
To be more specific, she hated it.
Despite her aversion to it, Flesche continued to practice on the discipline, and her time on the apparatus only increased when her father built a beam for herself and older sister, Marnie, to practice on in their own home.
“My dad used to spot me on it all the time,” Mandy Flesche said.
Soon, Flesche’s most-hated event became her most-cherished.