World Olympic Gymnastics Academy
|Based in||Plano and Frisco, Texas|
|Owner(s)||Yevgeny Marchenko, Valeri Liukin|
|Members||List of WOGA alumnus|
The World Olympic Gymnastics Academy (WOGA) is a two-facility gymnastics club located in Plano and Frisco. WOGA is widely known for its prestige within the U.S. because of the creditable history that they uphold.
The head coaches at WOGA are Valeri Liukin, gold and silver medalist at the 1988 Olympic Games representing the former Soviet Union, and Yevgeny Marchenko, a five-time World Champion in Sport Acrobatics. And Edouard Iarov, former coach of Valeri Liukin, and the USSR and Canadian National teams.
Since opening in 1994, WOGA has had a number of successes unprecedented in US gymnastics history, including placing more than 30 National Gymnastics Team members. They are the most decorated gymnastics club in the United States.
In 2003, WOGA gymnasts won 2 individual medals and contributed to the first team gold for the US at the World Championships and 4 individual gold medals at the US National Gymnastics Championships.
In 2005, Nastia Liukin, the daughter of Valeri Liukin, was crowned US National Champion and placed 2nd at the World Championships. She defended her US title in 2006. Then in 2007 and 2008 finished 2nd. She was also the national bars champion multiple times. At the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, she won a gold medal in the women's all-around competition, silver medals in the team, uneven bars, and balance beam competitions, and a bronze medal in the floor exercise competition.
WOGA host an annual meet at the Dr Pepper Arena in Frisco, Texas, which has competitions from levels 1-10 as well as an International elite competition which has seen competitors such as Laurie Hernandez, Katelyn Ohashi, Madeline Gardiner, Marine Brevet, Mira Boumejmajen and Jordyn Wieber.
Notable Gymnasts and Alumni
- Nastia Liukin: 2008 Olympics Women's All-Around Champion, 2008 Olympics Balance Beam, Uneven Bars, and Team Silver Medalist, 2008 Olympics Floor Exercise Bronze Medalist, 2007 and 2005 World Balance Beam Champion, 2007 World Team Champion, 2007 and 2006 World Uneven Bars Silver Medalist, 2006 World Team Silver Medalist, 2006 and 2005 US National Gymnastics All-Around Champion, 2005 World Uneven Bars and Balance Beam Champion, 2005 World All-Around Silver Medalist, 2005 World Floor Exercise Silver Medalist, 13-time US National Gymnastics medalist.
- Carly Patterson: 2004 Olympic Gymnastics All-Around Champion, Team & Balance Beam Silver Medalist, 2003 World All-Around Silver Medalist, 2003 World Team Gold Medallist.
- Hollie Vise: 2003 Team & Uneven Bars World Champion
- Ivana Hong: 2007 Team World Champion, 2008 Olympic Team Alternate, 2009 World Bronze Medalist on Balance Beam
- Alyanna Anderson: 2004-2009 All-Around National Champion AA Division
- Rebecca Bross: 2007 Pan American Games Team and Floor Exercise gold medalist, 2009 World Silver and Bronze Medalist, 2010 US National Gymnastics All-Around Champion, 2010 World Team & Balance Beam Silver Medallis, 2010 World All-Around & Uneven Bars Bronze Medallist. 8-time U.S. National Senior Gymnastics medallist.
- Nina Kim: NCAA All American and former National Team member
- Dylan Inserra: 2008-2010 All-Around National Champion, 2009 - 2011 Senior National Team Member, 2010 World Finalist - Acrobatic Gymnastics (partner Axel Osborne)
- Axl Osborne: 2008-2010 All-Around National Champion, 2009 - 2011 Senior National Team Member - 2010 World Finalist - Acrobatic Gymnastics (partner Dylan Inserra)
- Briley Casanova: competed in the 2009 Visa championships and finished 8th all-around.
- Glenn McCuen: 2008 Regional Champion; 2008 Texas State Champion. Now star of Nickelodeon's teen sitcom, Bucket & Skinner's Epic Adventures.
- Katelyn Ohashi: 2011 US National Gymnastics Junior All-Around Champion, 2013 American Cup gold medalist
- Grace McLaughlin: 2011 Pan-American Games Team Gold Medalist
- Brittany Talbert: 1999 US Classic All Around and Balance Beam Champion
- Marie Fjordholm: 1996 US National Junior Floor Champion
- Lindsey Vanden Eykel: 2000 Junior US National Uneven Bars Champion
- Nicole Childs: 2005 Georgia NCAA Championship Team Member
- Christa Tanella: 2007 US Classic All Around Silver Medalist and University of Georgia Gymnast
- Madison Kocian: 2011 Jesolo Trophy All Around Silver Medalist, 2014 Team World Champion
- Alyssa Baumann: 2013 National Team Member, 2014 Team World Champion
- Nadia Cho: 2013 U.S National Championships qualifier
- Samantha Ogden: 11th 2013 Secret Classic, 16th U.S Nationals
- Mitzi Unda-Sosa: Mexican National Team member 2009-2011, Part of the Mexican 2010 World Gymnastics Championships team.
- Irina Alexeeva: Russian born Level 10 gymnast, J.O National Beam Champion
- Asia DeWalt: Level 10 gymnast and Hopes Elite
- "Founders". WOGA. Retrieved August 13, 2009 Some of the current notable elites are Elizabeth "Lizzy" LeDuc, Katelyn Ohashi, Grace McLaughlin, Briley Casanova, Ivana Hong, Rebecca Bross, and Nastia Liukin. Check date values in:
- "Liukin". USAToday.
- "Accomplishments". WOGA. Retrieved August 13, 2009.
- Anne From Gymnastike (August 11, 2009). "Briley Casanova Remakes Junior National Team". Gymnastike. Retrieved 2010-01-09.
2009 Visa Championships -- Briley Casanova came into this week's Visa Championships as a current member of the junior team and finished 8th all-around.