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Spain and Italy

16 May, 2018 – 24 May, 2018

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Featuring Olympic Gold Medalists Laurie Hernandez and Jordyn Wieber, and coach Desiree Sanchez

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Laurie Hernandez

Laurie Hernandez burst onto the Senior Elite gymnastics scene in 2016, just in time for the Rio Olympic Games. Her goal had always been to make an Olympic Team and her dream has come true! Laurie started gymnastics at the age of 6 when she asked her mother to enroll her in the sport because she had so much energy and always wanted to experience the feeling of flying. The turning point in Laurie’s career happened in 2014 when her progress was stalled due to multiple injuries. She returned stronger than ever by becoming the 2015 U.S. Junior National Champion and has been on the rise since then.

Laurie is known for her dazzling floor exercise routine where she has been nicknamed the “human emoji” for her outgoing facial expressions and for her grace and artistry on the balance beam. Laurie is a second generation American, as her grandparents are from Puerto Rico, making her the first U.S. born Latina to make the U.S. team since 1984. Laurie credits her hard work, leadership skills, and her never give up attitude to her Mom, who was in the Army Reserves while Laurie was growing up.

Since bringing home the Gold and Silver medals at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, Laurie has gone on to win the coveted Mirrorball Trophy on “Dancing with the Stars” Season 23 and her first book titled “I Got This: To Gold and Beyond” chronicling her journey thus far will be published in January 2017.

Jordyn Wieber

Wieber was a member of the U.S. Women's Gymnastics team, dubbed the Fierce Five by the media, at the 2012 Summer Olympics, where she won a gold medal in the team competition with her teammates: Gabby Douglas, Kyla Ross, McKayla Maroney and Aly Raisman. The team's medal win was the first gold medal for the American women's gymnastics team since 1996. She was also a member of the gold-winning American team at the 2011 World Championships, where she also won the individual all-around. Wieber is currently volunteer assistant coach of the women's gymnastics team at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Desiree Sanchez

Desiree has had the privilege of coaching gymnastics for over 20years. Her versatile range of experience has led her to run many programs from preschool level to collegiate athletes and national competitors. She was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico where she was a high-level gymnast and coach at Gold Cup Gymnastics, whereOlympians such as Trent Dimas, Chainey Umphrey and many others emerged. Currently, Desiree is coaching at the largest sports complex in NYC, Chelsea Piers, and has been there for 14 years, where she is the head coach of two programs and the Dance director of the gymnastics camp program.

Upon moving to New York, Desiree had the great honor of doing both beam and floor choreography for Olympic Gold Medalist, Shannon Miller and in 2007 ran a dance program geared towards competitive gymnasts with Olympian Dominique Moceanu. Everyday Desiree embraces what truly makes the sport of gymnastics special. Her love for coaching, creating and watching young athletes grow and excel are all blessings she never takes or granted.

Tour Schedule

Date
Location / Activity
16
May
2018
NS Rota, Spain
Clinic
18
May
2018
NAS Sigonella, Italy
Clinic
19
May
2018
NSA Naples, Italy
Clinic
22
May
2018
USAG Vicenza, Italy
Clinic
24
May
2018
Aviano AB, Italy
Clinic

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