Field of Dreams
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UCLA’s student-athletes, balancing athletic and academic excellence
while maintaining a tradition of high standards is a challenge both
on and off the field.
Illustration by Istvan Banyai
IT OR NOT, winning is not everything for UCLA women’s
gymnastics coach Valorie Kondos Field.
you believe the hype of a win, it’s a very shallow feeling,”
from a coach whose teams in the past seven years have won four national
championships, six regional titles and five Pac-10 championships.
What, then, does she believe is more important for a student-athlete
who win a national championship but who don’t care about anything
else in their lives — their academics or their social lives
— may experience the thrill of winning, but it’s not
a lasting feeling of success,” says Kondos Field ’87,
sitting high in the stands of Pauley Pavilion surrounded by the
blue and gold banners of Bruin national-championship teams.