World Olympic Gymnastics Academy (WOGA), headquartered in Frisco Texas, trains male and female gymnasts from beginning to elite levels. WOGA’s co-founders, former Olympic Gymnastics Champion Valeri Liukin and World Sports Acrobatics Champion Yevgeny Marchenko have built one of the largest and most successful gymnastics training programs in the world. WOGA gymnasts have won 24 World and Olympic medals, and have been a major contributor to the US Team’s success since 2002. WOGA is the first US training program to produce back to back Olympic Champions with 2004 All Around Gold Medalist Carly Patterson and 2008 All Around Gold Medalist Nastia Liukin.
- WOGA’s Frisco, Plano, and Dallas gyms are US National Team training facilities that attract some of the best gymnasts in the world.
- Over 3,000 girls and boys ages 2 to 18 training each week.
- About 200 athletes are on WOGA’s competitive artistic and acrobatic teams, ranging in age from 6 years old to high school age.
- WOGA team gymnasts are college bound athletes.
- Over 50 WOGA gymnasts have earned athletic scholarships to Div. 1 and Div. 2 NCAA schools.
- Team gymnasts train anywhere from 6 hours per week to roughly 32 hours per week depending on their age and skill level.
Competitive gymnasts are high-performance athletes who train hard to develop superior strength, flexibility, coordination, grace, balance, and agility. Team athletes require special resources and lifestyle options that support them while they spend the 5 to 10 years developing their gymnastics skill to their maximum potential. Many gymnasts begin trainging while they are toddlers and continue through high school. As a result, gymnasts reach their peak training levels while they are in middle school and high school, so they require flexible education options to allow them to train and travel to compete. They also need special physical support systems that can include orthopoedic specialists, physical therapists, massage and acupuncture therapists, and emotional support therapists. The most important support system for these young athletes are loving families and dedicated coaches.
Throughout the TEAM section of WOGA’s website, we share stories and information about our team athletes lives: their training, competition, travel, accomplishments, and celebrations. Information about the doctors, therapists, educators and others who support our athletes are in our TEAM LIFE section. Competitive gymnastics is a TEAM effort in every sense of the word, parents, coaches, teachers, doctors, therapists, friends, and family members all pitch in to help our athletes become the best they can be.