Gilbert’s USA Youth Fitness Center put on an all-American celebration Tuesday night for gymnast Alex Naddour, who leaves for London this week in preparation for the 2012 Olympics.
More than 300 people showed up to cheer on their hometown athlete. Earlier this summer, Naddour was named an alternate to the U.S. Gymnastics team. As such, he’s been training this month at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs and will be in London should he be needed to replace a team member due to injury.
Naddour trains at the Gilbert facility with his dad, Mike Naddour, who has been his coach for years. The Naddour family operates the gymnastics, cheer and dance center.
While family members served cake, fans lined up for a photo with Alex.
“Alex is still training incredibly hard every day and he’ll continue training hard over there,” said his stepmom, Sherry Naddour.
The men’s gymnastics qualifying competition begins July 28, with the women’s competition beginning the next day.
Other East Valley athletes are making the trip to London, as well. Breeja Larson, who swims in Mesa, will represent the United States. Sarah Robles of Mesa will be on the U.S. weightlifting team.
Several U.S. athletes with ties to Arizona universities are also completing, including University of Arizona senior Georganne Moline of Phoenix, who will compete in the 400 meter hurdles.
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