History of LaFleur's Gymnastic Club Largo
LaFleur’s Gymnastics in Largo, the original “LaFleur’s”, opened in December of 1980 and is owned and operated by Mike and Melody LaFleur. The gym remained in it’s original location for 24 years before moving just 1/2 mile away into it’s newly built 20,000 sq. ft. facility in the summer of 2004.
The original business was actually started by brother Jeff LaFleur and wife Julie, along with sister Toni LaFleur (Rand) and Mike’s parents, Barb and Tony. Mike’s parents and grandparents were also gymnasts, coaches, and judges all from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, making daughter Kaley the 4th generation of competing gymnasts! Toni owned “American Twisters” in south Florida with husband Tim Rand, and Jeff owns “LaFleur’s Tampa” in Tampa, Florida. However, those are not the only gyms in the family! Brother Greg owns “LaFleur’s Wisconsin” in Menomonee Falls, and Aunt Lynn, Barb’s sister, co-owns “Salto”, both in the Milwaukee area.
The only sibling still not directly involved in gymnastics, Tim, Nissen award winner from Minnesota, was actually the most successful gymnast in the family, competing in 2 World Championships (1978 & 1979) and alternate for the boycotted 1980 Olympic Games. Toni and Greg competed for The U. of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, Tim and Jeff for Minnesota, Mike for Indiana, and Melody for Alabama.
With gymnastics being such a big part of our family’s history, we strive to bring this history and experience into all our gyms in hopes of building and developing a “family” type atmosphere for all our gymnasts.
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