Alec Yoder at YOGs

Home town boy makes good.

Indy Star:

Mike Yoder, father of Alec, estimated the family has spent $100,000 on gymnastics-related expenses. It is an investment

But when the father sees his son in the Youth Olympic Games at Nanjing, China, it will be worth every penny, Mike Yoder said.

“It is who he was created to be. It is his passion,” the father said. …

Since 2009, Yoder has learned those skills from Gene Watson, first at Indy School of Gymnastics and now at InterActive Academy.

Watson, 63, has been coaching since 1973. He has had five national champions, three members of America’s 1989 world team and 1988 Olympian Kevin Davis. Watson spends as many as eight hours a week planning Yoder’s workouts.

“Gene loves our son, and we love Gene,” Mike Yoder said. “This is not any common coach/athlete relationship. This is a unique bond.” …

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Yoder

For a pommel man, he circled quite low for this photo. :-)

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