Check out Mohini Bhardwaj. She is a retired American gymnast. Read Mohini Bhardwaj’s biography below and see video and photos of her below.
An American Gymnast, Mohini Bhardwaj, has won two silver medals and currently coaches at GymJam Academy in California. Bhardwaj is the first Indian-American Olympic medalist. Read about her career below and see photos here.
As a biography Mohini Bhardwaj was born on September 29, 1978 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Bhardwaj has one brother and parents born in Russia and India. Mohini began taking gymnastics at the age of four. When she was 13 years old she moved to Florida and began training at Brown’s Gymnastics.
At the age of 16 Mohini moved to Houston on her own, following her coach to open a new Brown’s Gymnastics facility. Sadly her new found freedom only got her in trouble when she began to abuse drugs and alcohol. In the years that followed, the American gymnast failed to make the 1996 U.S. Olympic Trials but eventually scored a spot on the team on the American World Championships team a year later.
In 1997 Bhardwaj competed at the World Championships, qualifying for an individual event final she placed fifth. Luckily Mohini was given a full gymnastics scholarship at UCLA even with a partying reputation that proceeded her. While there she managed to clean up her act and excel at gymnastics winning All-American honors eleven times, Mohini was also awarded 23 individual titles, and was the 1st gymnast at UCLA to win the All-American award on the uneven bars four times.
At the close of her college years and a new attitude Bhardwaj went on to compete in the 2001 U.S. National Championships, placing 3rd, the 2001 World Championships, the 2004 Nationals, and the 2004 Olympic Games.
Mohini’s career injures include a dislocated elbow in 2002. In 2005 Mohini Bhardwaj retired from the world of gymnastics.
A video of Mohini Bhardwaj is below.