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Over the past 10 days five Buckeye gymnasts and three coaches have spent extende…

Over the past 10 days five Buckeye gymnasts and three coaches have spent extended time at the TOPS National Camps at the National Training Center north of Houston, Texas. While there they have worked with the National Training staff and former Olympic Champions to sharpen skills and progress in their training. Congratulations to Nikki (A Camp), Raina, Abby, Shania, and Maili (all B Camp) for making it to the National Training Camp. What a huge accomplishment. Buckeye was one of the few gyms with gymnasts in both camps and one of the very few with five or more girls participating. Great job coaches!

The TOPS A and B Camps are the culminating event in the months long TOPS (Talent Opportunity Program) qualifying system designed to identify young, potential top level gymnasts with the USA Gymnastics program. The 40 or so gymnasts from across the USA who qualify for the camps represent the top 1%-2% of those girls who entered the qualifying rounds back in the summer. They benefit from the coaching they receive and the inspiration of being part of an amazing group of other talented athletes.

But all the gymnasts who train within the TOPS program benefit no matter how far they progress through the qualifying rounds. They benefit directly from the strength, speed, power, flexibility and basics training. They also benefit from the increased knowledge their coaches bring back to Buckeye Gymnastics after spending many days working along side the best coaches in the world.

We are very proud of all the girls who are involved in TOPS and we encourage our younger gymnasts to participate and to train hard for this program.

The photo shows Nikki B. with Olympic Champion and USA Olympic Coach Valeri Liukin during the TOPS A Camp.

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Katherine M.

“You spend a lot of time with each student showing them how to position their body to successfully execute a move. My daughter has made great progress working with you and even though she works very hard, she enjoys every moment. You are the best.”

Mrs. B., Teresa’s mom

“Dawn takes the time to help the children so they can learn the skills needed to grow. Teresa loves gymnastics and looks forward to her classes.”

Malila B

“Miss Megan helps me with the things I didn’t know how to do. I didn’t know how to do a back handspring and she helped me with it. She is a really good teacher.”

Susan R., mother of Ella

“You have patience, patience, patience! This age is super difficult to work with and you do a wonderful job! Ella talks about you all week long and is very excited to see you. You are a very sweet and sincere person and we are lucky to have you for a coach. Thank you!!”

Addison’s Mom

“You have really made a difference in Addison’s life! She really trusts you and she is building confidence due to your patience and enthusiasm… We are very grateful that that Addison can learn from you each week- she feels so comfortable coming to class- and we know she is in great hands! Thank you!”

Nicole A

Ariane always explains the steps well and now I can go straight into my bridge! You’re a great coach because you make it easy and fun, fun, fun!!

Mia L (the “Worker Bee”) age 8

“Thank you very much for helping me. You make me laugh and enjoy the time I’m at gymnastics. I’ve learned so much in this past year with you and I like the name “Worker Bee” which you gave me.”

Cameron C, age 5

“We work hard while having fun and you help me with a skill until I get it right.”

Lisa C, mother of Jessica, age 6

“Jessica loves to come to gymnastics and you are part of the reason because you make gymnastics so fun. You are very gifted with all the kids and very patient. As a mom I appreciate you very much.”

Julie D, mother of Juliette, age 3

“[Chelsea] your happy smile and upbeat enthusiasm makes Juliette feel like she can do anything. Thank you!”