Olympics creates interest in local gymnastics academies
Posted at: 08/01/2012 10:38 PM
| Updated at: 08/01/2012 11:29 PM
By: Danielle Todesco, KOB Eyewitness News 4
The 2012 Olympics are giving local gyms a boost in business.
Several gymnastics academies around town say especially after the U.S. Women's Gymnastics team took the gold Tuesday, they have seen a huge spike in interest.
Gold Cup Gymnastics said they had around 100 new kids sign up for classes on Wednesday alone. Now, the coach there fears they may have to start a waiting list.
"Every four years when the Olympics are here, I try to make plans for new staff, better educated staff, and the influx of new kids coming in," Gold Cup owner Ed Burch said.
Burch has coached six Olympic gymnasts from New Mexico.
The staff at Sandia Acrobatic Gymnastics Academy said they are also seeing a huge spike.
Owner Erin Morales said they are teaching discipline and applying the sport to life lessons. They also use the video of the gymnasts at the Olympics to teach proper techniques.
Morales said it is inspiring the kids they are training. "They're already talking about the 2016 Olympics and what they can do, and how do I get better."