The Rochester Gymnastics Academy in East Rochester is where the journey starts for many young gymnasts.
“I’ve only been competing for about 15, 16 years,” said gymnast Eddie Penev. “I started when I was four or five with my parents.”
Only 15, 16 years – but Eddie says the time has flown by, practicing long hours in the gymnasium his parents run.
“We practice two times a day, even in the school year,” said owner Youlia Coss. “Some are home schooled, so they practice seven to eight hours every day.”
Rochester Gymnastics Academy is not just for the casual gymnast or trampoline jumper, but a facility that consistently turns out hardworking, dedicated athletes.
“People should know more about them,” Coss said. “What they do, it’s incredible.”
Coss says they have gymnasts competing at the top levels in every age group across the state – working eight hours a day, five days a week to reach their goals.
“It’s just for the reward, to hopefully be able to represent Team USA when I get older,” said gymnast Anna Huber.
Goals – that don’t just include athletics.
“When I got older, getting a scholarship to a D1 school and getting into Stanford was a huge accomplishment and great experience,” said Eddie.
Coss says training has opened doors for her son, as well as other dedicated gymnasts she’s been able to coach.
“One of our girls got a full scholarship to George Washington University, which is $68,000 a year,” she said. “It is a big deal. My son went to Stanford with a full scholarship.”