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Gymnastics centers seeing boost in business

Olympic coverage likely behind the increase
Posted at 6:15 PM, Aug 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-11 19:11:03-04

High flying skills done with the greatest of ease are taking center stage at the 2016 summer Olympic Games in Rio, and inspiring young gymnasts at Greater Buffalo Gymnastics and Fitness Center in Getzville.

Eleven-year-old Sarah Devereaux knows the gymnasts of the U.S. Women's Olympic team by name. Her favorite is Simone Biles. “She does a lot of cool stuff on the floor, and the bars and the beam, and she's just really good at what she does,” she said.

Caila Wagar isn't new to the sport. The level nine gymnast is actually one of the veteran's at the gym. Even she feels inspired after catching the coverage. “It's exciting to watch. USA is dominating and they're looking really good out there.”

Kristin Fahnestock is the gym’s office manager. She said Olympic coverage usually generates some new buzz at the gym. But it also leads to a big boost in business. “We can see anywhere from a 15-20% uptick in attendance and enrollment, people want to join classes and experience the sport,” she said.

Other gyms across Western New York are also experiencing a jump in enrollment and that's expected to continue in the coming weeks.