At an invitational competition, Haley is overwhelmed by emotion during her beam routine. She falls and gets through the rest of her routine (a watered down version) amid tears — as Frank (Kellan Lutz) says, "You tanked like a rock star." Prior to her performance, she finds out that her dad (Jon Gries) is presumably paying off Burt Vickerman (Jeff Bridges) to let her go to VGA. To top it all off, her mom (Gia Carides) selfishly asks her to return to training with Chris DeFrank (John Kapelos), Haley's former coach who essentially split her family up when he had an affair with her mom.
It is a defining moment in the movie where we see Haley's past come flooding back and challenge her dedication to the sport. It's when we find out why she really quit gymnastics in the first place and walked out on the World Championships two years prior. Seeing stoic and headstrong Haley with tear-stained cheeks has always stuck with me as a reminder that you never really know what people are going through. Watch that routine here.