According to our sister site NJ.com, the number of people signing up at Monmouth Gymnastics, where Old Bridge’s 16-year-old double-medalist (and queen of the winged cat eye) trains with the MG Elite team, is through the roof. “The phone’s ringing so much, it’s actually getting comical,” Monmouth’s manager Christine Mallas told the website. “I’ve been here for eight years and I expected it, but nothing like this,” she said. “I don’t know if we were truly prepared.”
In fact, the gym has enrolled about 200 more kids since Hernandez killed it at the Olympics. But, it’s not just the one gym seeing the Olympic effect. Spots all over North Jersey have had an influx of interest.
ENA Gymnastics in Paramus, North Stars Gymnastics in Boonton, Aeon Fitness and Gymnastics in Hillsdale and Paragon School-Artistic Gymnastics in Norwood have noticed an increase in interest.
“We have a lot of new customers signing up and I believe a lot of is because of Laurie,” Paragon School-Artistic Gymnastics owner Dorothy Pendergast told OMJ. “Everyone is excited to have someone from her state that did so well in the Olympics. She inspires everyone.”
“Every time the Olympics comes around it gets a bit busier,” the manager at Aeon Fitness in Gymnastics told us. “We signed up about 900 kids for recreational gymnastics and at least 20 of them mentioned the Olympics.”
Even New Jersey celebrities are getting in on the gymnastics craze. Jenni “JWoww” Farley recently shared a video of her daughter Meilani learning the sport.
Who knows, maybe there could be a new Laurie Hernandez in the making!