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How are Simone’s depictions of expectations relevant to teenagers today who are not elite athletes?

Although the expectations that Simone faced were more intense and fundamentally different than those of teenagers who are not considering playing sports professionally or at the collegiate level, teenagers everywhere can understand to some extent the pressures of outside influences and opinions. Simone seeks to demonstrate coping mechanisms for anyone dealing with pressure--she stresses the importance of focusing on improving oneself rather than performing for the benefit of others. This is particularly relevant in the context of the book's publication year, 2016, because the topic of intense teenage expectations to succeed academically had been the focus of many recent stories in the media at that time.

According to the memoir, what are Simone’s values? How do these values influence her gymnastics and the memoir itself?

Some of the values that Simone...

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