[The Brazil Times nameplate] Overcast ~ 56°F  
High: 58°F ~ Low: 45°F
Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Going for Gold

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Jacyie Phelps (left), a member of the 1996 U.S. Women's Gymnastics Gold Medal Team, talks with Tumble Express owner Sara Stallcop Saturday during the Open House event at the business. While there, Phelps signed autographs and had photographs taken with gymnasts. [Order this photo]
* 1996 Gold Medalist visits area gym

Olympic gold visited Brazil during the weekend.

Jaycie Phelps, member of the 1996 Olympic Gold medal U.S. women's gymnastics team, stopped in at Tumble Express during the Open House Saturday.

Phelps, an Indianapolis native, took photos and signed autographs for young Olympic hopefuls.

"It's always fun to see the excitement in the kid's faces," she said. "I remember when I was their age and what it meant to me to meet someone that you look up to. It's really cool because now I get to be that person for them."

Phelps began gymnastics at the age of 4 after going on a field trip to a gym, similar to the one at Tumble Express.

"I loved being able to run around," she said. "The coaches approached my parents and told them that they should sign me up because of all my energy. Before that I was doing back flips onto couch cushions."

Her parents, realizing that a gym would be best for their energetic child, didn't know the decision would result in her coming home with Olympic Gold.

This July will mark the 15th anniversary since Phelps and her teammates won their gold medals.

"My medal is in a safe place at home," she said with a smile. "I won't tell you where, but it is there."

Now a coach and co-owner of her own gym, Phelps, offered advice to the young athletes.

"First: Always dream big," she said. "Just remember big dreams come with lots of work."

During the Open House, little girls did flips and cartwheels while boys enjoyed playing basketball. Sara Stallcop, owner of Tumble Express, watched as her dream came true.

"I have three girls and I'm so excited for them to have a facility like this," Stallcop said. "I'm so excited for all the kids that I teach to have a place like this where I can help them to make their dreams come true."

Stallcop who grew up in Center Point, loved gymnastics as a child, but there was no place close enough where she could do the sport she loved.

"I grew up doing gymnastics," she said. "It was my dream to open a place here where the children could play and dream."

Tumbling Express offers tumbling, cheer, dance, basketball, zumba, martial arts, boy's strength and fitness. For more information call 442-5300.

Note: The nature of the Internet makes it impractical for our staff to review every comment. If you feel that a comment is offensive, please Login or Create an account first, and then you will be able to flag a comment as objectionable. Please also note that those who post comments on thebraziltimes.com may do so using a screen name, which may or may not reflect a website user's actual name. Readers should be careful not to assign comments to real people who may have names similar to screen names. Refrain from obscenity in your comments, and to keep discussions civil, don't say anything in a way your grandmother would be ashamed to read.

Your new facility is beautiful. Congratulations : ) It is great that the kids have such a wonderful place to go.

-- Posted by luvmylife9295 on Sun, Jan 30, 2011, at 8:50 PM

Respond to this story

Posting a comment requires free registration: