Gabby Douglas and Liang Chow at the 2012 Olympic Games. Photo by Larry Nassar
Coach Liang Chow is on top of the gymnastics world after coaching Gabby Douglas to the 2012 Olympic all around title just four years after he guided Shawn Johnson to the 2008 Olympic beam gold medal and all around silver.
And now, Chow has even more talent waiting in the wings for 2016.
Flatley and Vasquez tied for 3rd place in the all around in the competitive junior a division at the 2012 J.O. Nationals, and Flatley won the beam title with a 9.725 (video here). Gowey placed 2nd all around in the junior b division and also captured the beam title for her age group (video here).
Let's take a closer look at these three up-and-coming gymnasts from Iowa.
Norah Flatley chalking up at the 2012 IGI Chicago Style
Watch Flatley's 2012 Routine:
Vasquez made her Gymnastike debut during the 2012 season with an incredible 9.70 beam routine at the IGI Chicago Style. (video here)
Over in the elite world, Gabby Douglas showed off Chow's beam excellence and striking confidence this summer en route to her two Olympic gold medals. Douglas told us that beam training at Chow's is a lot different than at other gyms.
"We do a lot of repetitions," Douglas admitted. "The training is a challenge, just a lot of numbers. I remember at my old gym we used to do like three beam routines, and that was it. And at Chow's we do like 12 beam routines! At first I remember thinking, 'Wow, what? Is 12 beam routines even possible?' But yeah, anything is possible. And now we think 12 beam routines is a piece of cake, and we just go out there and do it. And that's why I came here - to be trained by one of the best coaches in the world, so he's definitely shaped me up."
Here is our interview with Chow: