Mohini began gymnastics at the age of 5. She spent 10 years on the USA Women’s National Team. Mohini missed making the 1996 Olympic team by less than a tenth. She attended the 1997 World Championships then moved forward to college receiving a full gymnastics scholarship at UCLA. At UCLA she became an 11 time All American, and the only gymnast in PAC 10 history to win the All Around twice in a row. She won a total of 4 NCAA Titles: 2000 Bars, 2001 Floor, 2000 & 2001 Team. She was recently inducted into the UCLA Hall of Fame. In 2001 she graduated with a double major in History and Sociology. After college she went back to international competition, becoming the Team Captain of the 2001 World Championship Bronze Medalist Team. In 2004 she qualified to be a member of the US Women’s Olympic Team, was elected by her peers as Team Captain and aided them in bringing home a Silver medal. She is the first Indian American gymnast to ever medal in the Olympic Games. Mohini has been coaching gymnastics for 15 years and she recently achieved the highest judges rating in the US, US Brevet. Teaching gymnastics is her life, passion, and hobby. Mohini is married to 1996 Olympian Shane de Freitas and she is the proud mother of a 8 yr old son.
Mohini retired from competitive gymnastics in 2005 and soon after began her gymnastics coaching career. She has coached current NCAA athletes and using her vast knowledge and experience in gymnastics. She is the owner and head coach at OOA Gymnastics and is focused on making her program elite.
Coach Yuriy is the Head Coach of the Boys Team at OOA Gymnastics. Coach Yuriy is a native of Kazakhstan and was member of the National Gymnastics Team of Kazakhstan for six years in a row. After his gymnastics career, He was educated at the Russian Academy of Sports in Moscow. He went on to coach many young athletes to an elite level. He has worked with both boy’s and girl’s competitive gymnastics teams and has a mastery of the sport of gymnastics. He is also a FIG Brevet level judge- the highest level one can attain. Coach Yuriy coached the 2003 National Gymnastics Team of Kazakhstan and has coached at the World Championships.He moved to the USA in 2005 and has been coaching competitive gymnastics in the USA Gymnastics program.
Coach Yuriy has two daughters, both of whom he coached to a national team level. He also recently welcomed his first grandchild. We are excited to welcome Coach Yuriy to our coaching staff at OOA Gymnastics!