gorgeous Gym d’Arques, France

Complexe Gymnique d’Arques

Blythe Lawrence in 2011:

The 6,000 square meter training center …

The beautiful and colorful training gym in Arques, France.

I was able to visit Arques and see the new complex late last year. It is sparkling and simply the most beautiful gymnastics venue I’ve ever seen. …

Everything in this building feels brand new and state of the art. A set of Olympic medals from Beijing and stuffed animal Olympic mascots are displayed in the waiting area on the first floor. The airy gym, stocked with Gymnova equipment, is all white walls and blonde wood and the company’s signature red and white mats. The building’s roof has 1,200 square meters of solar panels and produces more energy than it consumes.

There are rooms named after 2004 Olympic uneven bars champion Emilie Lepennec and Laurent Barbieri, who won silver on vault at the 1985 World Championships. (Before Thomas Bouhail did him one better in Rotterdam …, Barbieri was France’s last male gymnast to win a world medal on vault). …

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