Character for Life

Gymnastics really does build character for life!  Here are just a few examples of what Gym America gymnasts have gone on to achieve.

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Jeanne Bayer

Jeanne BayerClaudia once told Jeanne that she was the first high school graduate from Gym America back in 1983! Jeanne went to Michigan State University, then earned her master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan. She currently lives in Colorado with her husband and two kids, Nick, 15, and Izzy, 12, and works as a Marketing Director in the high-tech industry. Over the years, Jeanne has coached and judged gymnastics, and now enjoys watching Izzy compete as a level 7/8. For fun she likes to run, snowboard, do ballet, bake, read, travel and enjoy awesome adventures in Colorado.

Lindsay GaucheLindsay Gauche

After her career at Gym America, Lindsay went on to dive for the Legacy Diving national team. She also dove at Saline High School, earning an All-American award. Lindsay continued her diving career at Oakland University, a NCAA Division I school. Gymnastics helped her gain confidence and self-discipline. It also taught her how to be a team player. She is now studying athletic training at Grand Valley State University.


Taylor HelberTaylor Helber

Taylor finished her senior year in 2012 as a level 9 gymnast. She then went on to the University of Michigan where she is an active member of Kappa Kappa Gamma. Taylor is employed at the U of M Hospital in the Department of Neurosurgery and is also a hostess at Lena & Cafe Habana. Taylor hopes to study psychology and go on to be a surgical assistant. Gymnastics gave her both physical and mental strength, and shaped her into the person she is today.


Emily JaynesEmily Jaynes

After graduating as a level 9 in 2008, Emily went on to study biology and French at Wayne State University. She is now a Doctor of Pharmacy candidate at the University of Michigan, and excited to be back at Gym America as a coach. Through gymnastics, Emily acquired mental toughness, determination, and the ability to set and achieve goals. It’s also the reason she’s great at managing her time!


Brooke PlegerBrooke Pleger

After her years at Gym America, Brooke went on to Bowling Green State University where she currently competes for the women’s track and field team throwing the hammer.  In the 2013 season, Brooke won the hammer throw at the Mid American Conference meet, setting a new meet record. She then moved on to the East Regional meet and finished first, qualifying her to the NCAA National meet. She placed 7th at NCAA Nationals and was named first team All American. After graduation she aims to qualify for the 2016 and 2020 Summer Olympic Games. Gymnastics helped her learn discipline, hard work and mental toughness. Gymnastics also gave her a solid athletic background which she is able to use with throwing. Brooke is  a nursing major and will graduate in 2015.


Karen Thompson

Karen Thompson

Karen was a gymnast at Gym America from 2003-2008. After graduating from Saline High School in 2008, she attended Grand Valley State University where she studied Exercise Science. While at Grand Valley, she had the time of her life competing on the club gymnastics team. Karen loves to travel and recently volunteered abroad in Kenya for 3 months. She says that gymnastics has helped her work ethic, her attitude, and has given her the confidence to be the person she is. She currently coaches pre-team at Gym America and absolutely loves it!