Aimee Boorman

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Aimee Boorman
Born Aimee Banghart
(1973-03-27) March 27, 1973 (age 45)
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Nationality American
Alma mater Northern Illinois University (1991-95)[1]
Occupation Gymnastics coach
Known for Personal coach of Simone Biles

Aimee Boorman (born Aimee Banghart; March 27, 1973, Chicago, Illinois, United States) is an American artistic gymnastics coach. She was the head coach for 2013, 2014, and 2015 world champion, and 2016 Olympic All-Around gold medalist Simone Biles. Boorman was named to head the USA women's gymnastics team for the Olympics in 2016.

Early life[edit]

Aimee Boorman was born and raised by a single mother in the Rogers Park area of Chicago. She began gymnastics classes with the Chicago Park District at age 6.[2] To help earn money at age 13, she started coaching at the Lakeshore gymnastics club. She attended Lane Technical High School, which had a strong gymnastics program, where she excelled in floor exercises, winning the city championship in that event, as a freshman.[3][2]

She realized she would not become an Olympic gymnast herself, but she considered continuing in the sport as a coach.[3] In college at Northern Illinois University she became a member of the sorority, Delta Phi Epsilon (social) [4] and while at first reluctant to continue coaching and pursue a degree, she missed the sport and took a part-time coaching position. She graduated with a business degree related to sports management in 1995.[5] That same year, when her friend had interviews in Houston, she went along on a whim and lined up interviews for herself. She was offered a coaching job.[3]

Coaching career[edit]

Boorman's first coaching job in Texas was at Cypress Academy of Gymnastics located in Houston.[3] Boorman started working at Bannon's Gymnastix in 1996. She has been coaching Biles since 2003, when Biles was six years old.[6] Biles rose to prominence in 2013 after becoming U.S. national champion and world all-around champion in her senior debut.

Boorman was the head coach at Bannon's, where Biles trained under her, until 2014, when they both left.[7][8] She and Biles temporarily trained at AIM Athletics in The Woodlands, Texas, until Biles' parents' new gymnastics facility, World Champions Centre, opened.[9] The facility is located in Spring, Texas, and Boorman was the team manager and head coach.[10]

Boorman was named head coach of the United States women gymnastics team for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.[11]

Post Olympics, she left World Champion Centre and took the executive director position at Evo Athletics in Sarasota, FL.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Boorman was raised in Chicago and resides in Florida. Boorman married husband James in 2000.[3] Together the couple has three children.[13][3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-11-10. Retrieved 2015-12-09. 
  2. ^ a b Tribune, Chicago. "Aimee Boorman, Simone Biles' Chicago-born coach, is gymnastics' 'Ditka'". Retrieved 2016-08-21. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f Barron, David (2016-07-16). "Aimee Boorman redefines coaching relationship with Simone Biles". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 2016-08-11. 
  4. ^ "Welcome Member". DPhiE.org. Retrieved 2016-08-11. 
  5. ^ "Aimee Banghart Boorman". Facebook. 2014-03-01. Retrieved 2016-08-11. 
  6. ^ Smith, Pohla (2014-04-21). "How Simone Biles caught the bug and turned into a world champion gymnast". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2016-08-11. 
  7. ^ Barron, David (2014-02-27). "World champion gymnast Simone Biles to no longer train at Spring gym - Sports Update". Blog.chron.com. Retrieved 2016-08-11. 
  8. ^ Pang, Becca. "Simone Biles Leaves Bannon's Gymnastix | FloGymnastics". Gymnastike.org. Retrieved 2016-08-11. 
  9. ^ "Gymnastics Training Center - Gymnastics & Tumbling Classes for Kids". World Champions Centre. Retrieved 2016-08-11. 
  10. ^ [1]
  11. ^ "USA Gymnastics names women's gymnastics coaches, team captain for Rio". USA Gymnastics. 2016-07-23. Retrieved 2016-08-11. 
  12. ^ "Biles' longtime coach leaving Houston for Florida". Retrieved 2016-09-18. 
  13. ^ Futterman, Matthew; Radnofsky, Louise (2016-05-10). "Must Elite Kids Outgrow Their Coaches?". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2016-08-11. 

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