Gophers Hold 15th Annual Clinic for Special Olympics of Minnesota

Go Gophers! Freshman Lindsay Mable and junior Dusti Russell explaining about the floor routines the Gophers do.
Go Gophers!
Freshman Lindsay Mable and junior Dusti Russell explaining about the floor routines the Gophers do.
Go Gophers!

Nov. 17, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS -- Members of the University of Minnesota women's gymnastics team spent a couple hours on Saturday afternoon working with the talented athletes who take part in Special Olympics of Minnesota during a clinic at the Gophers' practice facility in 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, as today's event marked the 15th consecutive year the two teams have worked together. The clinic attracted about 30 athletes and their coaches.

The Gophers welcomed those in attendance and spoke about their experiences in gymnastics, then went through a warmup session before working with the Special Olympians on their events and answering more questions. The clinic was broken into six stations -- vault, tumbling, dance, beam, bars, and trampoline.

Assistant coach Louie Johnson once again worked with Special Olympics of Minnesota to organize today's clinic. Select Special Olympians will take part in an exhibition following the Gophers' Best of Minnesota meet on Feb. 16.

"Louie did a great job organizing this community service event for our team," Stephenson said. "Our Gopher women did an amazing job providing a great experience for these talented Special Olympians."

Minnesota opens its season with its annual Intrasquad Meet on Saturday, Jan. 5, at 6:00 p.m. (CT) in the Sports Pavilion. For ticket information for any of the Gophers' 2013 home meets, visit www.mygophersports.com.