"Gymnastics hopeful relieved to be in own gym" - http://www.oxfordpress.com/sports/content/shared/sports/stories/2007/GYM_BIEGER_0302_COX.html
it's not really 'gym hopping' - it's with the same coach, her mom Andrea Bieger.
[quote]Andrea Bieger, Jana's mother and coach and a three-time Olympian for Germany, simply says "an agreement" between Boca Twisters, Jana's old gym, and its affiliate, American Twisters in Coconut Creek, left the Biegers out of both gyms.
"I couldn't understand this, coming back from Worlds and not having any gym anymore as the world silver champion," Andrea says.
A message left for a spokesman of the gyms was not returned, but Thursday, the issue became moot. Jana felt like she landed on Park
Avenue as her family opened Bieger International Gymnastics in Deerfield Beach: 23,000 square feet, five minutes from their home in Coconut Creek.
The start, they hope, of something B.I.G.[/quote]
weird that Boca Twisters / its affiliate, American Twisters in Coconut Creek wouldn't want an elite gymnast that just got lots of medals practice at their gym - seems like it would be free advertising and attention in media, that would be good for business. they come off bad in this light.
[quote]"In our gym, she is No. 1," Andrea says. "Our gym is big enough that she really will not be disturbed due to other classes."[/quote]
that idea isn't good for club business for sure...the remark about the size of the gym being so big implies the other classes won't be sacrificed by her training being put first, but still....bad wording there. it does happen in gymnastics clubs - the elite gymnast comes first, others have to wait for her - like a while back ago Tasha's Schwikert's coach was talking about how she wants Tasha to take her gymnastics seriously b/c a lot of the gymnasts practices get sacrificed, opening up equipment for Tasha's practice (Tasha went on to compete for UCLA for college).
U.S. team coordinator Martha Karolyi, Bela's wife, remembers another gymnast who did OK despite similar training adversity. Name: Mary Lou Retton.
"She was in a single, little gym in Houston with all the other little kids around," Martha Karolyi says. "But that can be a special place. For some girls, it helps them to be tougher, especially in big competitions. They don't feel so distracted."[/quote]
guess that was before the Karolyi's got famous and did that camp training style practice like with Dominique Moceanu and Kerri Strug. it didn't seem like theirs was that type of club environment based on the tv/media coverage.
[quote]"Of course she's laughing when she sees my videos, what we did in the '70s and what she is doing today," Andrea says.
Jana makes no apologies.
"It's kind of funny because you see some of the stuff that they did and
you're like, 'Wow, a Level 8 or something can do some of those
skills,''' Jana says. "Of course, the floor was different