BROKEN ARROW, Okla. – Dmitri Poliaroush, the U.S. Olympic Gymnastics coach for trampoline during the 2008 Bejing Olympic Games will be in Broken Arrow on May 8 and 9.
Poliaroush will be holding a special training camp for T3, Tulsa Tumbling and Trampoline team, as they prepare to represent Oklahoma the regional competition in Ft. Worth this May and the Junior Olympic National Championship in Virginia Beach this summer. The team of about 70 athletes is Oklahoma’s largest tumbling and trampoline team and holds multiple national titles.
The qualified for both the men’s and women’s Trampoline competition at the 2008 Olympic Games for the first time ever. The women’s team competed in the past three Olympic Games while 2008 was the men’s trampoline team’s first time to qualify for the Olympics.
Erin Blanchard of Lafayette, LA., finished 13th for the women, and Chris Estrada of Colorado Springs, CO, placed 15th for the men. This was the first Olympic Games for Blanchard and Estrada, both of whom trained at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., with Dmitri Poliaroush, the Olympic coach.
Poliaroush, an Olympic athlete himself, has made the finals in Olympics, World Championships, European Championships and European Youth Championships he had competed in from 1886-2003; 19 in total. He competed in the 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games, placing 4th at the 2004 Athens Olympics. He has represented five countries including , The unified Team, Uzbekistan, Russia and Belarus. He retired after a 20 year gymnastics career and has continued to be active in the sport as the national team coordinator for Gymnastics, an international judge and Vice President of Athletes’ Commission. Although he resides in Lafayette, Louisiana, he is a Belarus citizen (formerly the Soviet Union).
“We are thrilled that we can provide our athletes the chance of a lifetime to train with an Olympic Coach,: says Mitchell Godi, gym owner and coach. “Our program has been blessed with a number of national champions over the last 18 years that we have been training athletes. We feel our T3 athletes will not only further strengthen their skills as they prepare to compete with 1600 other athletes throughout the country at the Junior Olympic Nationals, but that several of our gymnasts may eventually represent the at the World’s Championships.
T3 is the competitive gymnastics team at Kids!, a multi sports center, which includes a power tumbling and trampoline team, artistic boys gymnastics team, recreational gymnastics, cheerleading, pre-school, summer camps and swim lessons.