Olympic Games spark big dreams


The Olympic Games are underway.

Many of you may have spent the weekend and even most of the day enjoying the different events.

Some local businesses are already seeing an impact from these games.

The Olympics are inspiring Oklahomans to dream big.

Bart Conner’s Gymnastics Academy is full of Oklahoma kids hoping to be the next Olympian.

With the Olympics here on NBC more and more kids are starting to dream.

Ben Fox with Bart Conner’s Gymnastics Academy said, “Every four years we see a bump in gymnastics.”

But not just anyone can make it to the Olympic level.

Fox said, “Some of those kids started when they were 4 or 5 years old.”

They also put in a lot of work.

Fox said, “They might be in the gym 25, 30, 35, even 40 hours a week. So, it’s kind of like a full time job to get to the level that Olympic and national teams are at.”

Fifteen-year-old Zach Treadway has been working on his gymnastics for about 9 years.

He agrees it’s not always easy.

Treadway said, “You gotta work at it. It takes time to learn all of it so you gotta keep working.”

Cycling is another sport many are feeling inspired to try.

At Al’s Bicycles business is also picking up with Olympic Cycling being featured over the weekend.

Olympic cyclist don’t just use any bike, they use specialized road bikes.

But becoming an Olympic cyclist takes more than just a great bike.

Al Webb, owner of Al’s Bicycles, said, “A lot of people don’t reallize the black spandex pants they wear aren’t for looks but comfort. They have a pad built in that makes it much more comfortable.”

Padded pants, special jerseys, helmets and shoes that lock in to the bike’s pedals all make up the uniform of a professional cyclist.

Experts said whether cycling, gymnastics or one of the many other Olympic sports, the best way to find out if it may be the sport for you is to give it a try. 

When it comes to gymnastics, Fox said check around.

A lot of gyms will allow you to take a trial class so your child can decide if it really is something they want to do.