FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) – The Olympics means a boost in business for local gymnastics facilities. The popular sport gains even more traction when kids watch some of the World's best compete.
A gold medal—it's something every young kid dreams of. After seeing Team USA win it all in London, more kids in Fort Wayne are enrolling in gymnastics.
"I look up to them as role models because they teach me to work harder,” said Sophie Vorndan, a young gymnast at More Than Gymnastics
More Than Gymnastics in Fort Wayne always sees a rise in class sizes during an Olympic year. Being an Olympian may be a tough goal to reach, but these coaches see so many of their kids go on to compete at the high school and the college levels.
"You know, even if you don't get to the Olympics, to go as far as you can, it's still very gratifying,” said Mike Comeau, Co-Owner, More Than Gymnastics.
To be good it takes a lot of dedication. That means being in the gym 4 hours a day, 5 days a week.
"We put almost our entire life into this certain sport so that we can just become strong gymnasts,” said Vorndan.
To help kids realize they can achieve their goals, the coaches took them to watch the World’s best in action.
“The girls behind me went out to the US Classic to watch Gabby Douglas compete, to watch Aly Raisman compete, to watch Jordyn Wieber compete. They all had a chance to watch the girls that are competing in London now,” said Comeau.
This sport is about dreams, but it's also about just having fun.
“One of the reasons why I come to gymnastics is to be with my friends,” said Hannah Zimmerman, another young gymnast.
“Comeau says they started seeing an increase when the Olympics began and they are continuing to see a rise in enrollment. “The Olympics is no better push for us,” he said.
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