ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) Soaring on the vault and effortless on the floor, Simone Biles took home the female gymnastics all-around title Thursday. When the gold medal hit her chest, it launched Olympic dreams around the Roanoke Valley.
Roanoke gymnasts dream of gold
Roanoke Academy of Gymnastics staffers have handled hundreds of calls since Team USA started dominating medal ceremonies.
They've been inundated with inquiries from kids and the parents who pay for practices.
"Everyone wants to do something that incredible, even the younger athletes," head coach Eric Wagner said. "They come in and are thrilled to even be in the gym doing the sport that those people on TV are doing."
Wagner says he's happy for the spike in attention, even if popularity peaks are four years apart.