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!!!

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IGI is now registering students for all school year classes!!!

Sign up now by clicking on the Class Schedules button to the right. When you find a class, you can now sign-up online by creating an account. All class tuition is now monthly and we encourage you to sign up for Auto-Pay. With Auto-Pay your card will simply be charged before the start of each month!

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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.”

Oklahoma NCAA National Champions

HSCongratulations to former IGI Gymnast, Haley Scaman and the Oklahoma Sooners on winning their second NCAA National Gymnastics Championship in three years. Haley concluded her outstanding career with a 9.950 on Floor Exercise (highest FX score of the session). She also posted a 9.900 on Bars, as well as a 9.850 on Vault.

Haley Scaman: Going out a champion is phenomenal (ESPNW)

IGI has strong ties to Oklahoma Gymnastics. Former IGI gymnast Kayla Nowak was an Oklahoma gymnast (2010-2013) and is currently a member of OU’s gymnastics staff. In addition current IGI gymnast, Anastasia Webb is a 2017 commit to the University of Oklahoma.

Congratulations and Boomer Sooner!!!

Lenore Schwartz

On a very sad note IGI’s beloved dance instructor, choreographer and mentor to hundreds of gymnasts, Lenore Schwartz, who was loved by everyone here at IGI passed away on December 31st. God Bless this wonderful lady who touched so many hearts around the gymnastics community. Lenore’s memorial reception will be Friday – January 15th from 3 to 9pm. Words of Remembrance will be at 7:30 pm. It will be held at Pedersen Ryberg Mortuary at 435 N. York Road in Elmhurst. Obituary

The family has posted a page in her name, please help if you can. We also want to thank all of you for the wonderful emails, facebook messages and texts, it just shows how much Lenore was loved!!!


Lexi Funk Signs with the University of Michigan

DSC_0311IGI Senior gymnast Lexi Funk today signed her NCAA National Letter of Intent to attend and compete gymnastics for the University of Michigan (click here for the University of Michigan release).

“I am super excited to be officially signed as a Michigan Wolverine. I can’t wait to join them next fall. Thank you to my coaches, teammates, family and friends for helping me get where I am today. I couldn’t have done it without them. Go Blue!”

Lexi is a 5-time Level 10 National competitor and was the National Champion on Uneven Bars in 2014! At this year’s Level 10 Nationals, she placed 5th on Uneven Bars and Balance Beam, as well as 9th place All-Around.

The University of Michigan Gymnastics program is consistently one of the top teams in the country. At the 2015 NCAA National Championships they finished 7th.