“I’m way more comfortable,” Gardner said. “Last year was my first year starting, and it was rough, a lot of ups and downs, a lot of adversity. A lot of adversity I fought through, and I feel like I did a really good job of never giving up, never giving up on myself and my teammates. I feel my teammates recognized that, and my coaches recognized that, and I feel like that will help me.”
"I really felt pride for my country, for Bangladesh, competing for them," said Caesar, a 2011 Big Ten champion on the parallel bars. "Having an entire country, basically, uniting for a sport as unpopular as gymnastics? I mean, the crowd was going nuts, and after I won the gold medal there, people were literally in tears. I couldn't get my head wrapped around that fact, understanding how proud they were — and how proud they were of me."