Elijah, a Make-the-Wish recipient from Akron, Ohio, had his wish come true when he trained with the U.S. Men’s National Gymnastics Team, including the 2016 Olympic Team, during the national team training camp at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.
At the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the USA’s gymnasts won a total of 12 medals (four gold, six silver, and two bronze), the biggest Olympic medal haul for USA Gymnastics since 1984 and the most gymnastics medals earned by USA at a non-boycotted Olympic Games.
2016 Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman of Needham, Mass./Brestyan’s American Gymnastics, was one of five New England Olympians to participate in the ceremonial puck drop before the Boston Bruins game against the Florida Panthers.
USA Gymnastics is the National Governing Body (NGB) for the sport of gymnastics in the United States, consistent with the Ted Stevens Olympic & Amateur Sports Act, the Bylaws of the United States Olympic Committee and the International Gymnastics Federation. The mission of USA Gymnastics is to encourage participation and the pursuit of excellence in all aspects of gymnastics.