Founded in 1994 by Olympic gold and silver medalist and US Team Olympic Coach, Valeri Liukin, and five-time Sport Acrobatics World Champion and Olympic Women’s Team Coach, Yevgeny Marchenko; the World Olympic Gymnastics Academy is known as the most decorated gym in the U.S. WOGA has won more Olympic and World medals and placed more athletes on the U.S. National Team than any other gym in the U.S. Home to back-to-back Olympic Champions, Nastia Liukin (2008) and Carly Patterson (2004), our Olympic training center caters to fit athletes of all ages and skill levels; starting from walking and up. With facilities featuring state of the art equipment, WOGA offers a variety of fun and fit including Boys and Girls Gymnastics, Tumbling and Cheer Classes, Preschool Classes, Friday Night Out, Birthday Parties, Back-handspring Clinics and more!
As WOGA’s own Madison Kocian was welcomed home by her family, teammates, friends and coaches, a reflection on her Olympic journey has been nothing short of amazing.
Starting off at the Olympic trials held in San Jose, CA., Madison set a career high score of a 15.900, winning the gold medal on bars and putting her in a position to excel. As the top competitor on bars, a weak area for the USA team, Madison was in good standings preceding the competition. After a much anticipated wait, the selection committee chose Madison Kocian as one of only five individuals selected to represent the USA gymnastics team. Clinching a spot in the Olympic trials, Madison set out on her journey to Rio de Janeiro.
During the first day of team competition, Madison Kocian ended the night with the meet high score on bars, helping lead the way to Team USA’s almost 10-point lead over the competition. Placing them in first place leading into the team finals. On the second day, another standout performance from Madison on bars helped the USA gymnastics team to a first place victory at the Games. Not only was this performance detrimental to the success of the team’s Gold medal, but it also helped secure a spot for Madison to have a chance at the individual bar title. The Olympic Gold medal finish for team USA was led by Madison’s new career high bar score, and highest score of the competition, with a 15.933.
For a third day of competition, Madison showed her continued consistency, with another near flawless routine during the individual uneven bar finals. Giving it all she had and walking away from the competition feeling confident and proud, Madison won the silver medal on the bars event final, her second medal at Rio. Placing just behind defending gold medalist Aliya Mustafina from Russia, Madison stood proud on the podium, marveling at all of her accomplishments at the Games.
We could not be more proud or excited for Madison’s journey to Rio and what she has in store for the future as she heads to UCLA to continue her gymnastics career!