Plano Gymnasts Watch One of Their Own Win Gold at Olympics

At an hour when gymnasts at the World Olympic Gymnastics Academy would be training hard, they sat, ate popcorn and cheered one of their own.

"Go Maddie," the crowd cheered as they saw Olympian Madison Kocian on the big screen.

"It's amazing to see her out there," said 13-year old Claire.

Students from WOGA gathered in Tuesday afternoon to watch the Olympic gymnastics team event live as it happened. Madison Kocian, who trains at WOGA, is the team's uneven bars specialist.

"It makes me think I can go to the Olympics, represent the U.S. and win gold," said 12-year old Arielle.

WOGA has now produced three Olympic gold medalists. Nastia Liukin and Carly Patterson both won all-around gold in the 2008 and 2004 Olympics, respectively. Now Madison Kocian has gold for the team win.

"Well it does seem more real when you have Madison there," said WOGA elite gymnast Irina Alexeeva. "She trains in the gym with you, so you know everything she went through, so it seems more real when you know somebody who did it."

Alexeeva's parents moved from Russia to Texas seven years ago so she could train at WOGA.

"It makes you work even harder to try to make them proud," Alexeeva said smiling. "Everything's worked out great!"

Alexeeva's coaches think she could be the next big thing to come out of a gym that has produced big things in small packages.

"If they know that I'm one of the people that could be really good, that makes me feel nice," she said.

Right now it's all about Madison Kocian winning another gold in the individual uneven bars competition.

"Our Madison's gonna make it," said 9-year old Ashlee as looked up at the screen.

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