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Win or lose, sports and competition are mostly psychological

IRMO, SC (WIS) -

About 4,000 miles west of England, you'll find Maddy Reid in Irmo, South Carolina. She's been named in the top 25 8-year-olds in the nation.

Abby Reid coaches at Maddy's gym. A former gymnast, she also happens to be Maddy's mom.

"I feel like I'm gonna throw up every time I see my child compete," Abby said.

So the coach, who is as invested in her athlete as one can be, shuddered as she watched the US men fail to win on Monday night.

"It's so hard to watch them train and train and train, and sometimes it's just not your day, and that's what happened last night," Abby said.

And it's not just about Olympic athletes. Parents of any athlete know sometimes your kids hit rock bottom, but what do you to make sure they come out on top?

For that, we went outside the gym and inside Dr. Kendra Ogletree's office.

"I would let them be emotional, let them have their time to process, then talk with them," Ogletree said.

She can't name names, but several of Ogletree's patients are competing in the Olympics right now.

Whether it's gymnastics or any other sport, Ogletree says kids or athletes are a lot less likely to crumble after a loss if they have interests and ambitions outside the game.

And that's one of many techniques Abby uses.

"We talk about what it means to be successful, and it's not just about landing that dismount or getting first place, make sure we're working on being a successful person, not just a successful athlete," Abby said.

So while Maddy does has Olympic dreams just like plenty of other little girls, win or lose, there's a good chance she'll be able to bounce back from failure.

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