ELITE GYMNASTICS TEAM
Iarov Elite Gymnastics (IEG), headquartered in Dallas Texas, trains male and female gymnasts from beginning to elite levels. IEG’s founder, Olympic Gymnastics Champion Coach, Edouard Iarov, has built some of the most successful gymnastics training programs in the world.
Edouard Iarov, a member of the FIG-MTC and renowned coach of Valeri Liukin, Soviet Union, Canadian National team and too many others to list; founded Iarov Elite Gymnastics (IEG) in Dallas Texas. Iarov started his gymnastics career at the age of 10 and is regarded as one of the top coaches in the world. He has produced multiple Olympic gymnasts throughout his career and has served on some of the most prestigious committees in the gymnastics community.
Rebecca Bross trained as an elite gymnast at WOGA Gymnastics and was coached by Valeri Liukin (father of Nastia Liukin and formerly coached by Edouard Iarov). Bross won the 2007 national all-around title as a junior, and in 2009 she earned the world all-around silver medal behind US teammate Bridget Sloan. In 2010, she became the US senior all-around champ. In the summer of 2012, Rebecca Bross competed in the Olympic Trials in hopes of making the women’s gymnastics Olympic team for London. Now Bross is a team coach at Iarov Elite Gymnastics under Edouard Iarov.
Kekkonen trained as a gymnast under coach Olga Yefimova in Novgorod. She competed for Russia at the 1998 Junior European Championships in St. Petersburg, and came close to making Russia’s training squad for the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney. Kekkonen began working as a coaching assistant in 1997, while she was still competing. After she retired from competition, she began coaching primary level groups and working as a member of the coaching group for the first-string Novgorod team. Among Kekkonen’s students were then-Russian national team member Oksana Vitkova and current Russian team member Kristina Goryunova. Kekkonen also spent time coaching in Finland.
Competitive gymnasts are high-performance athletes who train hard to develop superior strength, flexibility, coordination, grace, balance, and agility. Gymnastics 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 training 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 orthopedic 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.