You don’t see many American coaches leading international clinics for FIG.
Happily, USA Gymnastics is reaching out to help develop the sport worldwide.
“This first year has been about learning how we can help other countries,” said Penny. “Our goal is to have meaningful impact and move their programs forward toward the elite level.”
A few of the pilot clinics:
Mihai Brestyan of Burlington, Mass., who coached two-time Olympic gold-medalist Alexandra Raisman and 10-time World medalist Alicia Sacramone, conducted clinics and met with athletes, coaches and officials in Johannesburg and Pretoria, South Africa.
Marvin Sharp of Indianapolis, Ind., who coached 2009 World all-around champion Bridget Sloan, worked with athletes, coaches and officials in both St. David’s, Bermuda, and Panama City, Panama, on training, conditioning and technique at several different clubs.
David Juszczyk of Broomfield, Colo., who has worked with many athletes including two U.S. Olympians, visited Copenhagen, Denmark, and several other Danish cities. …
The Global Ambassador Program is a partnership between the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), AAI, the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) and USA Gymnastics. The goal is to provide U.S. athletes and coaches as consultants on a request basis to stimulate the growth of the sport and athlete development at many levels. …