Our Speakers:
Shannon Miller is a seven time Olympic medalist, cancer survivor, gymnastics analyst, health & fitness advocate and author and she will be doing an exclusive Live Q&A with GYMcon attendees!
Chellsie Memmel burst onto the international scene as part of the U.S. team that captured gold at the 2003 World Championships in Anaheim, CA, the first-ever by the American women. She is the 2005 World All-Around Champion and a member of the United States' 2008 Olympic women's gymnastics team. She is a Brevet judge and gymnastics coach, and in the summer of 2020 announced her official comeback to the sport.
Hi, I'm Wendy Bruce-Martin and I was a member of the 1992 Olympic team, the 1989 World Team and a 5x U.S. National Team Member. In 2010, I was inducted into the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame. After receiving my degree in Psychology, I became a certified Mental Toughness Coach, and authored the book, "Breaking Through a Mental Block." I am also the founder of GET PSYCHED SPORTS, LLC. I am also a choreographer and clinician for Precision Choreography and Camps; I love working with Precision because it is organized, professional, and effective.
Yin Alvarez is the former coach of 2012 and 2016 Olympic Medalist Dannel Leyva! He is the former owner of Universal Gymnastics Center and is now head coach at Elite Training Center in Miami. Alvarez has lead clinics for the National Teams of countries from all over the world and he consistently develops elite level athletes.
Tony Retrosi is the head coach and owner of Atlantic Gymnastics Training Centers. In 2010, he was celebrated as Educator of the Year by USA Gymnastics. Tony is a very popular lecturer at State, Regional, and National Congresses. He is also a guest clinician at training camps throughout North America, The Caribbean, Europe and Australia. He is the Owner and Creative Director of GYM MOMENTUM. When he is not coaching or teaching he is a part time stand up comic and writer. In 2016 he became the Chairman of the U.S. Elite Coaches Association for Women’s Gymnastics.
Owner and head coach at Gymcats since 1992. Nevada State Chairman, Region 1 Xcel Founder, USA Gymnastics regional and national clinician, 2013 and 2015 Region 1 J.O. Program of the year, 2009 and 2010 Region 1 coach of the year, Lifetime Master of Sport Certification, 2001 USECA International coach of the year, 2000 Tops coach of the year.
Personal information: College scholarship gymnast at University of Oklahoma. Husband Mike Rice was on the US Men’s national team and we have 4 children- 2 in gymnastics graduated from Stanford and Sac State , 2 boys we adopted from Uganda and in college playing soccer.
Greg Roe is a Canadian Trampolinist who has been in Gymnastics and Trampoline his entire life for over 25 years coaching, training, competing for Team Canada and even creating his own unique style of coaching and competing. Greg and his team of coaches/athletes have worked with the Germany Olympic Snowboard Team, Wakeboard Sweden, Canadian Olympic Freestyle Ski Team, South African Gymnastics Federation to name a few and has worked with many others in the past including many of the Nitro Circus athletes while he was on tour with them. Greg has also created a complete global competitive Freestyle Trampoline circuit creating over 100 live and online-based events every year. Greg takes a wholistic approach to coaching compared to the traditional technically focused training mentality and has had great success over the years with all types and levels of athletes.
Wendy Hilliard is a trailblazer in Women’s, Olympic and Community Sports. She was the first African American to represent the US in rhythmic gymnastics, to become President of the Women’s Sports Foundation and is in the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame. She competed in 3 World Championships, the 1984 Olympic Trials and coached a 1996 Olympian. Wendy has worked as a gymnastics and Olympic sportscaster. She has performed with the world’s top gymnasts and on Broadway. Wendy was the Director of Sports for the NYC2012 Olympic and Paralympic Bid. In 1996, she founded the Wendy Hilliard Gymnastics Foundation which has provided free and low cost gymnastics for over 20,000 urban youth in Harlem and her hometown, Detroit. Wendy studied Russian and Physical Education at Wayne State University and graduated with honors from New York University. She resides in Harlem with her husband, Robert Mensah and sons Kennedy and Bailey.
Hi, I’m Nicole Langevin. I am the owner of Precision Choreo & Camps where I have developed our series of specialized workshops to provide event and aspect-specific feedback, drills, training plans, and MOTIVATION tactics to help propel our mission of raising the level of excellence in gymnastics. In addition, I’ve worked choreography with athletes like Kyla Ross, Alicia Sacramone and Houry Gebeshian, Armenia’s first Olympic Gymnast! I also co-own My Gym Judge with Chellsie Memmel and The Like a Champ! Agency with Alicia Sacramone. These opportunities leave me honored to be a part of the educational process that helps propel our amazing sport!
I've been involved in the sport of gymnastics for fifty years and have owned my own own gym for 26 years. I was a member of two world championship teams and was an alternate for the 1984 Olympic Team. I've won five Junior National Championships and was USA National Champion in 1988. I was NCAA Team Champion in 1986.
Jorge Valdes is the head coach of the men’s gymnastics program at Florida Gymnastics Training center and has been NGJA certified since 2006. Jorge is on the Region 8 Elite Team coaching staff and created the Men’s Gymnastics Elite Track Development Page on Facebook.
I was on the T&T Canadian National Team from 2007-09 and competed at the 2007 World Championships for double mini trampoline. I have coached numerous National Champions and was a team coach for the 2013 World University Games for Canada. I am the Owner of Pegasus gymnastics in Calgary and currently coach a Swedish Junior National Team member in Sweden.
I have been the head coach of the boys' program at Brestyan's Gymnastics for 8 years. During this time, I've coached at JO National Championships every year. I coached at USA Championships in 2017 & 2018, at Elite Team Cup 2016-2018 and Future Star Nationals several times. In April 2020, I was selected to the Junior National Coaching Staff for a 4 year term, becoming the first female to take on a National Staff position in a coaching capacity. As a gymnast, I competed D1 college at University of California-Santa Barbara.
A former gymnast and professional circus performer, Stacy Clark worked in marketing and communications before leaving it all behind to perform and teach circus around the world on stage, at festivals and on screen. Performance credits (circus and stunts) include Canadian Opera Company, Calgary Opera, Green Fools Physical Theatre, Circus Orange and High Strung aerial dance, a company she co-founded. She appeared in the Academy Award-winning film “Chicago”, “Mutant X” and numerous music videos.
Stacy was Director of Casting at Cirque du Soleil, leading a team of international talent scouts and advisors. She began as a Talent Scout in 2007, recruiting athletes and circus artists for the company’s shows worldwide. In 2011 she became Acrobatic Coach with Cirque du Soleil’s Amaluna. She also co-owned FirePower Kids, a premiere youth fitness facility.
Stacy teaches Career Development and Act Development online with San Diego Circus Center, nurturing personal and professional growth in her students. Most recently she co-founded Creative Athletic Performance, a consultancy that aims to innovate and elevate athletic performance.
Robert Andrews works with athletes and coaches to maximize athletic performance, and teams and sports organizations to build championship sports cultures. He specializes in helping athletes return to play after suffering serious sports related injuries. And has worked with Olympic Gold Medalists Simone Biles and Laurie Hernandez, and Olympic Silver and Bronze Medalist Danell Leyva. He also works with Olympians and Olympic hopefuls in track & field, men’s and women’s gymnastics, trampoline, swimming, judo, fencing, boxing, and figure skaters from seven different countries.
Owner and director of Achieve Ortho Sports, MedGym, and Partner at NeuroSport Chicago, Gina Pongetti Angeletti, grew up a gymnast for 14 years. She received her Bachelors in Communication Studies and Masters in Physical Therapy from Marquette University. While at MU, she coached for Swiss Turners in West Allis, WI, under the guidance of Stacey Maloney, for their women’s team 5-10, College prep, and served as a national clinician for health care and injury prevention. Gina has worked extensively with all levels of athletes, specifically gymnasts, dancers, theater, cheerleaders, and musicians (Performing Arts Medicine) and focused on the treatment, care, education, and long-term health of Elite gymnasts. She has presented over 100 lectures for coaches, parents, gyms, and athletes on various aspects of health care. She presented for nearly 10 years for USA Gymnastics, National Congress, having largely attended courses for coaches on health care and gymnastics medicine.
Dr. Torrance Laury is board certified in Family Medicine and Primary Care Sports Medicine and is currently practicing at Northside Hospital Orthopedic Institute in Atlanta, GA. After graduating from the University of Michigan Medical School, he completed his residency and fellowship at Emory University School of Medicine. He brings a wealth of experience in the comprehensive care of youth and adult athletes, musculoskeletal ultrasound, orthobiologic medicine, as well as a lifetime of experience with elite gymnastics. As a former junior national team member, Junior Olympic national champion on the parallel bars, and Division I full scholarship gymnast at the University of Michigan, he has a special understanding of maximizing performance and minimizing injury in these athletes. He is also channeling his medical expertise as a volunteer member of the USAG Men’s Program Medical Staff. In this role, he has provided sideline medical coverage at the 2019 U.S. National Gymnastics Championships and 2020 Men's Winter Cup Challenge.
Frank Sahlein has been active in the Children’s Activity Center industry as an athlete, coach, business owner, consultant and business broker. He is a native of San Mateo, California and graduated from San Jose State University.
Frank’s reputation as a business management innovator has inspired audiences worldwide, delivering over 1,500 presentations for a variety of children’s activity center industries and organizations – including gymnastics, swimming, cheerleading, dance, martial arts/ninja and child care/education.
3rd Level Consulting is a Business Development and Service Provider Partner for private industry companies, as well as for a variety of associations and organizations. Frank and the 3rd Level Consulting team travel globally, seeking best practices to share.