Gymnastics News Network
By: Eileen Patchey
After a busy summer competing all-around in Rio as Peru’s first Olympic gymnast, Ariana Orrego Martinez returned to the U.S. to train at her gym, Excalibur Gymnastics in Virginia. The gym first gained notoriety when Gabby Douglas claimed race issues involving the staff and other gymnasts. “I felt being bullied and isolated from the group,” Douglas told Winfrey about the alleged racism and bullying at her gym, adding, “Is it because I’m black? Like, those thoughts would go through my mind.” Those who worked with Douglas at the gymnasium in Virginia have denied Douglas’ claims, calling them “hurtful and without merit.”
Orrega moved to the United States to begin training at Excalibur when she was 15. Recently she competed in the Region 7 Championships where she placed second all-around, first on beam, and tied for third on vault, bars, and floor. Orrego also holds eight Virginia State Championship titles which include two in the all-around, three on vault, two on bars, and one on beam.
In the fall Orrego will take on a new adventure as she joins the Iowa State University Cyclone gymnastics team. “Ariana’s experience internationally is something that we’re really excited about,” head coach Jay Ronayne said. “She performs with an international flair and she competes with an elite gymnast mentality. We’re excited to see her bring that to our program.”
Source: Iowa State Athletics, Huffington Post
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