ROSCOE VILLAGE — Lane Tech alum have been cheering on one of their own during the 2016 Rio Olympics, Aimee Banghart Boorman, class of 1991.
If the name doesn't ring a bell, the sight of the petite, blond-haired woman will — she's the first person three-time gold medalist Simone Biles turns to after every routine.
Boorman has been coaching Biles since the gymnast was 6 years old, and is the head coach of the women's national team in Rio.
According to a profile in the Houston Chronicle, Boorman competed as a gymnast herself but realized at the age of 14 that she didn't have what it took to reach an elite level.
"I said, well, maybe someday I'll coach an Olympian," Boorman told the Chronicle.
Biles credited Boorman for challenging her to reach new heights.
"There are times when she has to push me because I'm not pushing myself enough, but everyone needs someone in their life to do that," the gold medalist told the Chronicle.
The two train at the World Champions Centre in Texas, the state Boorman has called home since 1995.
Biles has two more shots at individual gold in balance beam and floor exercise. And Lane Tech just might have to amend its motto: School of Champions and Their Coaches.
Pure joy! pic.twitter.com/zNq8anS87n— Aimee B (@Salto_Coach) August 9, 2016