MEDINA — Dominique Moceanu, the youngest gymnast to ever win an Olympic gold medal, has announced that she will be opening a first-of-its-kind gymnastics and yoga center this spring in Medina.
The center will combine the principles of yoga and gymnastics under one roof.
The Dominique Moceanu Gymnastics Center will begin enrolling students in March and will officially open its doors at 734 N. Progress Drive in late May. Summer camp registration is now open at dominique-moceanu.com and class registration will open in March at DominiqueMoceanuGymnasticsCenter.com.
Moceanu, 36, lives in Hinckley with her family.
She said it’s been her goal for years to open her own facility. Last October she looked at a building in Medina and realized its potential. She and her husband, Dr. Michael Canales, had been looking to invest in some land.
“I’m going to put my own dream into this facility,” she said. “We’ll create a gymnastics and yoga facility under one roof. I believe this was meant to happen.”
Moceanu credits her late father, Dimitry, for planting the idea in her head about owning and running a gymnastics center.
“He would have been my biggest champion,” she said.
Her father died in October 2008 of cancer.
Moceanu is taking a five-month course on yoga.
“I wanted to invest in myself to be prepared for this new adventure,” she said.
The yoga studio will bear her 10-year-old daughter’s name, Carmen.
Moceanu will take an active role in her 8-year-old son Vincent’s budding gymnastics career.
The facility will focus on instructional gymnastics, as well as the healthy development of children. There will be no competitive gymnastic teams at the facility.
Moceanu said she’ll hire a full-time staff of about 10. She’s screening more than 100 resumes with prospective employees.
“This was something that was meant to happen,” she said. “I feel in my heart the need to help children enjoy the sport of gymnastics.”
The gym’s motto is “peace, strength and balance.”
Yoga classes will be available for adults and children, so moms can relax and de-stress in a yoga class while their children participate in gymnastics sessions.
The center will offer summer camps for children ages 5-18, clinics, instructional gymnastics, private lessons and empowerment workshops.
“I want it to be a one-stop shop,” Moceanu said.
The center will also have a rock wall and host birthday parties on weekends.
“It’s a herculean effort to be open at end of May,” she said. “I have so much to accomplish.
“It’s just me right now until my staff is in place. I have a tremendous amount of excitement. It’s an amazing location and facility. I hope the community will rally around the idea.”
She was part of the first U.S. Women’s Gymnastics team to win Olympic gold in 1996. She remains the youngest Olympic gold medalist in U.S. gymnastics history at 14. She is also the youngest Senior National All-Around Champion in U.S. history at 13, a nine-time U.S. National team member and the winner of back-to-back junior and senior All-Around National Championships in 1994 and 1995.
Moceanu and her husband settled in Medina County about three years ago.
“I’m a proud Hinckley resident,” she said. “I absolutely love this place. We were looking for our dream home. We wanted to get more land and privacy. We love the nature, wide-open windows and the country feel.”
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