Gymnastics is leaping in popularity in Northern Michigan

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — A local gymnastics gym, Grand Traverse Bay Gymnastics, has been leaping with success. The gym separated from the YMCA three years ago and has been home to over 2,300 gymnasts in the past year. Jennifer Van Deinse, who has been the head coach for 10 years, says, “I believe that the success of Grand Traverse Bay Gymnastics can be attributed to our love for the sport and our desire to help each individual who attends our program reach their highest potential. We strive for excellence every day and teach our athletes to do the same.”

Owner Betsy Van Deinse says, “I love to watch our gymnasts grow and work hard to achieve their dreams. Gymnastics takes a great deal of mental and physical fortitude, so to witness how these young athletes train and fight to reach their goals is incredibly gratifying and awe-inspiring.”

Laurence Chalip, professor and head of recreation at University of Illinois, says, “In terms of the benefits the gym gained while being on it’s own, it really depends on the value of it’s autonomy.

DeWitt Olympics Star Jordyn Wieber Announces Her Retirement

By Jonathan Chun
Clinton County Chatter

It was July 2012 in London. The U.S. Olympic Gymnastics team was trying to become the first American team to win the women’s team competition on international grounds – and the second to ever do it at all. Jordyn Wieber of DeWitt had already experienced the disappointment of failing to qualify for the all-around final for individual competition. Wieber had won the gold medal for that same event in the 2011 World Championships. She was also performing with a stress fracture in her right leg.

Women’s Gymnastics Team Wins League Championship

By Frank Feska
Grand Ledge Gazette staff writer

The Grand Ledge gymnastics’ team won its fifth straight league championship on Saturday. Led by senior Christine Wilson, the lady Comets finished with a season-high score of 150.325. The score was nearly 10 points ahead of second-place Haslett/Willamston/Bath and was its eighth title in the past 10 years for the CAAC, which is the Capital Area Activities Conference. This victory also marked the 73rd straight victory, a state record that dates back to 2007, when Holt defeated them for the state title. Wilson won the all-around competition for Grand Ledge and scored a perfect 10 on the uneven bars.