Nov. 2, 2013
MINNEAPOLIS – Members of the University of Minnesota women's gymnastics team spent a couple hours Saturday afternoon hosting a clinic with 25 athletes from Special Olympics Minnesota at the team’s practice facility, Peik Gym.
Minnesota women’s gymnastics head coach Meg Stephenson and her team have a long history of working with the Special Olympics of Minnesota. Saturday’s event marked the 16th consecutive year the two teams have worked together.
The Gophers welcomed those in attendance, introduced themselves, and spoke about their experiences in gymnastics before going through a brief warm-up session. After getting loose, the gymnasts and Special Olympics athletes worked on their events and answered questions. The clinic was broken into six stations—vault, tumbling, dance, beam, bars, and trampoline.
Assistant coach Louie Johnson worked with Special Olympics of Minnesota to organize the events.
“They are a great group of kids from the local gymnastics clubs in the area,” said Johnson. “I would say this clinic is a big deal for all the participants. This was our seventh year hosting this event and the team looks forward to this clinic every year.”
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