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BLACK DIAMOND GYMNASTICS

Posted - Oct. 21, 2010 at 1:24 p.m.



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This is Chris Redgrave for Zions Bank Speaking on Business.

I just discovered another Utah gem that I'm so excited to tell you about. We're talking about a gymnastics professional who's passing her art not only to aspiring young gymnasts but also to current Olympic athletes.

Katy Heddens understands gymnastics and the importance it plays in the world of competitive sports. She's a former junior Olympian herself who competed in college and was is currently a nationally ranked judge. She's now turned her lifelong passion into a successful company as a way to give back to empower and educate youth and fight childhood obesity. Just so you know why this is important, the CDC reports that childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years. With locations in Park City and the Daybreak community in South Jordan, Black Diamond Gymnastics is helping fight that trend.

To get a sense of just how talented Katy and her team are, Black Diamond's gymnasts been successful at the national level since opening in Park City 11 years ago. The South Jordan location has only been open a year but has already managed to qualify three of its gymnasts for junior Olympic western and national championships. Black Diamond's power tumbling and trampoline team qualified ALL of its athletes for junior Olympic nationals, and many finished in the top 10 of their age groups.

Some of the top ski and snowboard teams world-wide train at both Black Diamond locations. We're talking about Olympic medalists like Lindsey Vonn, Bryon Wilson, Emily Cook and Speedy Peterson, just to name a few. Katy also works with national ski teams and athletes from Japan, Australia, New Zealand and Canada

As a mother of four, Katy understands the challenges facing many working families. Both locations have a Kids Klub after school program so your child can come there after school before lessons start. They'll even transport your child from school. Plus, you can sign them up for classes in martial arts, dance, gymnastics or yoga.

Katy hopes Black Diamond Gymnastics can help kids develop life-long habits and an appreciation of learning, health and fitness. In Katy's words, "So they know ‘I can do this.'"

For Zions Bank, I'm Chris Redgrave, speaking on business.

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