BURBANK— Hanging from the rafters in the Golden State Gymnastics gym are a number of banners. The banners bear the names, events and scores of athletes who have captured state championships or better for the facility's competitive team.
The banners serve as motivation to the current Golden State Gymnastics athletes, many of whom see it as an ultimate goal to have their name lofted high among the most successful gymnasts who have been produced from the gym.
"It seems like getting that banner with their name on it is the most important thing in the world to them," said Nicole Langevin, the program's head coach. "When they win a state title, you want to hear them say they are proud that all of their hard work has paid off or that they're pound of their accomplishment, but no. All they want to know is 'When is my banner coming?' It is that important to them."