by Diane Tuazon
MIDLAND - For a selected group of gymnasts, Saturday's toss and flip came with a little more pressure than usual. Students at Midland's Flippenbounce Gymnastic School spent the afternoon training with one of the best.
"They get the best training in the world. He's the top athlete in the sport. Everything he knows can be transfered over," Megan Rodriguez said.
Dimitri Poliaroush is a six time Trampoline World Champion and placed fourth at the 2004 Olympics. Today, he shares his skills with many students around the country, including here in Midland.
"I'm helping them accomplish their goals. If you want to be somebody in anything, no matter what you do, you have to give whatever you have," Olympic Coach, Dimitri Poliaroush, said.
Coaches at Flippenbounce say gymnastics can help with motion sickness in young children.
"If some parents have problems with kids in a car or planes, put the kid on a trampoline and they won't have that problem of getting sick while in motion," Poliaroush said.
They also say that gymnastics is more than just a sport, it's an effective way to build coordination and strength early in life.
"The fact that not everybody can do it. It's a challenge for the individual itself. I can take a child who's not physically fit and make them accomplish an easy skill where as they may not be able to do in other sports," Rodriguez said.