Hundreds of athletes hit the mats Friday in Terre Haute. Gymnasts are here to show their skills on the floor, beams, and bars in the Indiana USA Gymnastics State Meet 2017.
About 600 athletes will be passing through Indiana State University’s rec center to compete in the USA Gymnastics event. These gymnasts represent 68 different gyms in the state of Indiana.
The Wabash Valley Tumbling and Gymnastics program has been working all year to host this event.
“They will compete on vault, bars, beam, and floor. All the olympic events. So we do a warm up. They do warm ups with each event. They compete. They’ve all had a qualifying score to reach this level,” says Michelle Ealy, Director and Owner of WVTG.
The practices of USA Gymnastics has been called into question over the years with sexual abuse allegations.
CEO of USA Gymnastics, Steve Penny, resigned Thursday.
Ealy says she’s got protocols in place to prevent those situations from happening to kids at her gym.
“All my athletes go through–or coaches go through–safety certification checks. And we go by USAG guidelines, and background checks, and everything,” says Ealy.