Liang Chow, Coach of 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist Shawn Johnson, and 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist Gabby Douglas, named a key coach for USA Gymnastics at 2012 Olympics
The United States has quality coaches and colorful characters looking after both its men’s and women’s gymnastics programs at the 2012 London Olympics.
While the men are looking to rebound following their disappointing loss on Monday, the Fab Five excelled on Day 4 by taking home gold in their team final.
Technique is of paramount importance in gymnastics, and expert advice is need to teach the correct form and help the athletes get into the right mindset to properly execute.
Here are the men and women behind the scenes for Team USA’s gymnasts.
Liang Chow, Gabby Douglas’ Coach
Shawn Johnson was the other member of the United States women’s gymnastics team who made a name for herself in Beijing. She has retired due to a knee injury, but Liang Chow, her coach in 2008, is in London.
Johnson was 16 years old when she walked away from the last Olympics with four medals, and now Chow will try and coach Gabby Douglas, also 16, to similar success.
Douglas is one of the American’s stars in this Olympics. She has already won a team gold, but the teenager will need her coach to help keep her focused and on even keel for individual success.
Johnson showed maturity far beyond her age in Beijing, and with Chow’s guidance, Douglas will likely do the same.