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Local residents collect 10 medals at USA Gymnastics Special Olympics

Posted May 19th, 2011 1:48pm

Honeoye Falls resident Kim Forcella, 35 and Rochester resident Katie Holleran, 25, collected 10 medals while representing The Gymnastic Training Center of Rochester (GTC) at the inaugural USA Gymnastics Special Olympics Championships held in the Cobb County Gymnastics Center in Marietta, GA on May 7th, it was announced today by Sarah Jane Clifford GTC’s owner.
    More than 80 gymnasts competed in the first ever USA Gymnastics Special Olympics Championships.  The one-day event featured competition in artistic gymnastics (men, women and unified), rhythmic gymnastics (individual, group and unified) and TeamGym. The competition wrapped up with a gala, which involved all of the athletes.
    Gymnasts from 10 states participated – California, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Wisconsin.  Six gymnasts who will represent Team USA at the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Athens, Greece, participated in Marietta.  The field included 29 athletes for artistic gymnastics, 60 (including three unified partners) in rhythmic and 18 (representing three squads) in team gymnastics.
    The artistic competition was for skill Levels A, 1, 2, 3 and 4, and rhythmic gymnastics for Levels A, B, 1, 2, 3 and 4.
Competition included both individual and unified gymnasts. A unified gymnast is a partner without intellectual disabilities who competed the same routine as the Special Olympics athlete, and the pair's scores were combined for a team total.
    For rhythmic group, there was an equal number of Special Olympics athletes and unified partners per group.  TeamGym has both unified partners and Special Olympians.
    TeamGym is a competitive version of group gymnastics that features squads of athletes performing together in two events – group floor exercise and group jump.
More About Forcella and Holleran
    Forcella has been involved in GTC activities for two years while Holleran has been involved in GTC activities for several years.  Both participated in Vaulting, Uneven Bars, Balance Beam and Floor Exercise in an Artistic Level 2 Extra Division.   Both also competed for the All-Around Medal.  Forcella won the gold medal in each event including All Around and Holleran garnered silver.
    “For a first-time event, everything went very smoothly,” said Clifford. “Kudos to USA Gymnastics and Special Olympics.  I’m sure this event will be with us for a long time.”
About The GTC
    In addition to numerous special programs for children with disabilities The GTC also provides gymnastics and cheerleading classes for boys and girls from beginning levels to highly advanced levels.

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