Shelley Osterloh ReportingSome of the gymnastics stars from this year's Olympics will be in Utah Friday to perform. Among them are Carly Paterson and Courtney Kupets. Orem native Guard Young, who won a team silver medal, is in town right now drumming up publicity, for the TJ Maxx Gymnastic Tour of Champions.
Guard Young is a second generation Olympian and former BYU Cougar whose remarkable performance in gymnastics helped clinch a silver medal for his team. Now, in addition to touring with the TJ MAXX gymnastics show, Young often talks to kids about working hard and going after their dreams.
Young and more than a dozen other Olympians are part of the 40 city gymnastics tour. He says after 17 years of competition, it is fun to just perform without the judging.
Guard Young: “Most of the Olympians from Athens are there from gymnastics. We are doing trampoline, rhythmic, we do Circ De Solei Acts. It’s not your typical gymnastics competition; it’s more of a show for the whole family.”
Young says he hopes the US teams success will encourage more children to get into gymnastics and help develop new programs around the country.
Guard Young: "With the success that we had as a men's team, you know the first medal in 20 years, and it was the first team medal won off of US soil, you know hopefully we can bring some young blood back into the sport. And hopefully athletic departments and directors will see that and get back on board and get the Olympic spirit back into universities."
This Friday at 7:00 the Olympic spirit and some star gymnasts come to the Delta Center as part of the Tour of Olympic Champions. Tickets start at $17.50 and are available at the Delta Center.