IGI Spirit Week

IGI Spirit Week is September 11 – 16th

  • Monday, September 11th = Red, WhiteBlue Day
  • Tuesday, September 12th = Pink Leotard Day
  • Wednesday, September 13th = Crazy Hair Day
  • Thursday, September 14th = Chicago Sports Team
  • Friday, September 15th = Inside Out Day
  • Saturday, September 16th (National Gymnastics Day) = IGI Leotard Day 

For the Saturday IGI Leo Spirit Day, we have some cute, new IGI leos in our pro shop featuring a fun, multicolored back and colorful jewels on a black front!

GIJO Tryouts!

IGI’s GIJO team continually shines as one of the best in the state.  Our recreational gymnastics competition team has open tryouts Sunday, June 4 from 1-4 pm.  While this is a best fit for gymnasts who have mastered most of our Platinum level skills, the coaches look for girls who have the necessary form, dedication, or skills to make them enjoy a year of competition.  You can view a general guidelines on our website. If you’re interested, please contact the office (630-325-3333) to put your child’s name on the tryout list.

 

Anastasia Webb Signs with #1 Oklahoma

IGI Senior gymnast, Anastasia Webb, signed a National Letter of Intent for a gymnastics scholarship to the University of Oklahoma. Oklahoma is currently the #1 NCAA program in the country and is the reigning National Champion.

OU Head Coach KJ Kindler had this to say about Anastasia:
“When you speak with Anastasia, it is impossible not to hear the joy in her voice when she discusses family, gymnastics and becoming a Sooner. Her vitality and happiness are completely contagious, but inside lurks a fierce competitor. We are captivated by her demeanor when she takes to the competition floor. There is great confidence there and I believe it was cultivated through her family and her training. We are certain Anastasia will be an all-arounder for OU right out of the gate. She had a breakout season last year making the JO National Team after several years as an Elite. She is a very powerful and quick vaulter and tumbler, and yet an extremely graceful dancer. She has great confidence and there is no doubt she will be a team leader in competitions.”

Anastasia is from Morton Grove and is an academic honor roll member at Niles West High School, she plans to major in health and exercise science at OU and wants to become a physician assistant. She was recruited by numerous schools including: LSU, Alabama, Stanford, Utah, Denver and Michigan.

Other former IGI gymnasts to compete for Oklahoma are Haley Scaman (2012-2016) and Kayla Nowak (2010-2013).

2016 HIGHLIGHTS:

  • USA Gymnastic JO National Team Member
    • 2016 Region 5 All Star Trip – Costa Rica
  • 2016 JO National Championships
    • Second in All-Around
    • First on Floor Ex
    • Second on Bars and Vault
  • 2016 Region 5 Championships
    • First in All-Around, Vault, Bars, Beam, Floor Ex

University of Oklahoma Press Release with Video

Kristina Comforte Named Assistant at Illinois

kc2Former IGI gymnast, Kristina Comforte, has been named the new Assistant Gymnastics Coach at the University of Illinois.

While at IGI, Kristina was a three-time U.S. National Team member. She was the 2002 USA Junior National  Vault Champion, a member of the 2002 USA Team to the Junior Pan American Games and a member of the Gold Medal team at the 2002 USA vs Canada competition

Kristina received a full gymnastics scholarship to UCLA, where she was a five-time All-American during her three seasons of competition. She earned All-America honors on all three events on which she competed (vault, bars and beam) and was the NCAA runner-up on uneven bars. She also captured the balance beam title at the 2008 NCAA Southeast Regional Championships and earned Pac-10 All-Academic honors. As a freshman in 2006, she earned NCAA runner-up honors on vault and first-team All-America status in the all-around and on vault. Kristina had career-high marks of 9.95 on uneven bars, 9.9 on balance beam and floor exercise and 39.525 in the all-around as well  a perfect 10 on Vault.

Congratulations Kristina!!!

Tribune Article on Liz Tricase

Former IGI Elite Gymnast Liz Tricase was featured in recent a Chicago Tribune article:
Athletes who just miss Olympics learn painful but valuable lessons

Liz TricaseHere is an excerpt from the article about Liz:

Televised anguish

Liz Tricase’s Olympic push began when she was only 10, after a gymnastics coach spotted her potential and encouraged her to shoot for the Games. Within a few years she was training 34 hours per week while attending Lake Park High School, leaving early so she could spend more time in the gym.

Her dedication and talent led her to the top of the sport: She made the national team as a freshman, won the vault at the 2002 national championships and, two years later, was one of 13 gymnasts under consideration for nine spots on the 2004 Olympic squad.

The final selection came after a week of competition overseen by team coordinator Martha Karolyi. In a made-for-TV spectacle, the gymnasts were seated on metal bleachers and, one by one, those who made the team as a full member or an alternate were called forward.

Tricase, then 17, was one of four left sitting on the bleachers. A camera lingered on their bleak faces as Karolyi wrapped up the announcement.

“I was absolutely disappointed,” Tricase said. “I knew that was my shot. I liked to think about trying (to make the next Olympic team), but realistically, that was my chance.”

She remained in the sport, though, accepting a full athletic scholarship from Stanford. The college version was less pressure-filled and more team-oriented than what she was used to and gave her a pleasant transition into post-gymnastics life.

Tricase now lives in the Bay Area and works in advertising for Facebook, and says the sting of her Olympic letdown faded long ago.

“Today I look back and see all the lessons I learned: having to train so hard, learning grit and resilience and persevering through challenges,” she said. “There was a time when I was a little afraid to talk about it, but as I’ve gotten older, it’s cool to look back and be grateful for the highlights.”