It’s not every day you get to meet your idol on a video call, but that’s what happened to Miracle, an 11-year-old gymnast from New Jersey. A Lindsey Vonn Foundation scholarship winner, Miracle tuned into a call with the Olympic skier and got a major surprise when Olympic gold medal-winning gymnast Shawn Johnson hopped on the call as well.
“I’ve got a surprise for you!” Vonn exclaimed. Miracle’s jaw promptly dropped when she saw Johnson onscreen. After some initial shyness, Miracle and Johnson hit it off and chatted about Miracle’s gymnastics accomplishments (she’s already been to state championships, NBD) and Johnson’s old teammates and favorite competitions; besides the Olympics, Johnson remembered a Halloween-themed competition where gymnasts competed in full costume. The call ended with Vonn throwing out a few gymnastics trivia questions for the two gymnasts, and when Miracle got almost all of them right, Johnson promised to send her a few autographed books as a prize.
The adorable call was a part of Vonn’s new “Virtual Career Day” series, in which she brings together one of her foundation’s young scholars with an expert in their dream field to share tips, stories, and encouragement. “That’s all it takes sometimes,” Vonn said, for a dream to take off.
Check out the full video to watch the back and forth between Johnson and Vonn, two greats of their sports, and Shawn’s heartwarming conversation with Miracle. The content we need right now, TBH.