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Friday, December 19, 2014
2014 Winter Training Camps are coming...
see Activities   see Flyer

Holiday Parents Night Out
Dec 20th

Registration taken year-round.
Several classes to choose from

Have a great time at Chow's!

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Douglas, Raisman, Gowey and Nguyen were added to the National Team.

Chow's Gym might be next USA Olympic dynasty
  August 24, 2014  USA TODAY Sports     See full story
  August 23, 2014  Des Moines Register   Chow's Gymnast Wins JR Nat'l Title

Chow's International
Elite Gymnasts

Nice performance at 2014 Secret U.S. Classic in Chicago August 2.

Good Luck at P & G National Championships August 21-24, 2014 in Pittsburgh, PA!
Left to right: Alexis Vasquez, Norah Flatley, Rachel Gowey, Victoria Nguyen

August 3, 2014  DM Register:
  Miller: That 'D' word being built by gymnastics coach Chow

Congratulations Chows, #2 Best Elite Gym in the Country!!!
  Jun 23, 2014  Gymnastike   See full story

Chow's Challenge, another great winter meet in Houston.
See more info at

Congratulations Gabby Douglas
May 30, 2014:
  US Today:     She's back! Gabby Douglas invited to U.S. training camp
  DM Register: Bryce Miller: Trip to ranch good sign for Gabby Douglas

Des Moines will play host to 2015 U.S. Women's National...
INDIANAPOLIS, April 29, 2014 - The 2015 U.S. Women's National Junior Olympic Championships is heading to Des Moines, Iowa, May 15-16.

Des Moines lands marquee USA Gymnastics event for 2015
Iowa will host the 2015 U.S. Women's National Junior Olympic Championships, expected to attract 500 of the country's top gymnasts to Hy-Vee Hall.    see article

News from Pactific Rim Championships in Canada:

Congratulations for Norah Flatley who helped Team USA win 1st Place Team and won Balance Beam in event Finals on 4/11/2014.

Can gymnasts Norah Flatley, Rachel Gowey be the next Shawn or Gabby?
    Bryce Miller, Des Moines Register - 4/3/14

Norah Flatley will represent Team USA to compete at Pacific Rim Championships in Richmond, B.C., Canada, April 9-11, 2014. see article

Jesolo, Italy:

Rachel Gowey (Sr) & Norah Flatley (Jr) helped team USA win the 1st place team (USA Italy Romania Japan Australia). Rachel took 5th in AA and Norah took 3rd in AA and Beam champion!

Congratulations to Our New 2014 State Champions
The Chow's Boys Gymnastics Teams competed in the Iowa Boys State Meet on March 22nd in Iowa City.

Level 4
The Level 4 team placed 1st in team competition

Individual All-Around Awards included:
  Age 6 Bryce Mullins 1st (Chariton)
Thomas Eide 6th (Des Moines)
  Age 9-10 Noah Madison 1st (West Des Moines)
Josh Hixson 2nd (Norwalk)
Pictured (l to r): Noah Madison, Thomas Eide, Bryce Mullins, Josh Hixson, with Coach Nong Qiang.

Level 5
The Level 5 team placed 1st in team competition

Individual All-Around Awards included:
  Age 7-8 Michael Nguyen 1st (Fort Dodge)
Kevin Chow 2nd (West Des Moines)
  Age 9-10 Jude Norris 1st (Altoona)
Pictured (l to r): Michael Nguyen, Jude Norris, Kevin Chow, with Coach Nong Qiang.

Level 6
The Level 6 team placed 1st in team competition

Individual All-Around Awards included:
  Age 9-10 Matthew Nguyen 1st (Des Moines)
Jackson Mellencamp 4th (Prole)
  Age 11+ Chantz Nittler 2nd (Prole)
Pictured (l to r): Jackson Mellencamp, Matthew Nguyen, Chantz Nittler, with Coach Nong Qiang.

Level 7
The Level 7 team placed 2nd in team competition

Individual All-Around Awards included:
  Age 13+ Benjamin Eyles 1st (Ames)
Will Garrison 4th (West Des Moines)
Colin Pitz 6th (Ankeny)
Pictured (l to r): Will Garrison, Benjamin Eyles, and Colin Pitz

Congratulations to Rachel Gowey and Norah Flatley
Rachel and Norah will represent Team USA competing in Italy March 22-23, 2014.
USA Gymnastics announces U.S. Women's Team for 2014 City of Jesolo Trophy
2016 Olympic Hopeful Norah Flatley Set for International Debut

Congratulations for Victoria Nguyen on becoming an International Elite Gymnast on March 17, 2014 and for qualifying for 2014 P & G Championships!

Congratulations to all of our Optional Gymnasts
Great Job at 2014 State Championships

Regional Qualifiers:
Level 10: Courtney Loper & Emma Brown
Level 9: Emma Huntley, Julia Benson, Allie Gilchrst, Carly Bauman
Level 8: Lauren Hamilton, Sinclair Bagwell

2014 State Champion Team:
Level 6: Lainie Jackson, CJ Everret, Mikayla Klein, Katherine Hanson, Alexa Ebeling, Brooklyn Rowray, Leah Parton, Isabel Treimer

Congrats to Emma Brown (1st year level 10) who qualified to 2014 Nastia Liukin Cup, scheduled for Feb. 28 in Greensboro, N.C. The Nastia Liukin Cup will be held the night before AT&T American Cup at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex. Very best of luck to Emma!

OLYMPIC HONOR: Chow's Gym Statue Unveiled


see full article

Congratulations Chows!!
On July 11, 2013, the city of West Des Moines officially
renamed the street of Park Dr to Chow's Olympic Ave.
Chows Olympic Ave.

Chow's Way
Iowa's Living Magazine
Feb. 12, 2014

Students from across the state and country seek Liang Chow's expertise when training in gymnastics.

2013 P & G National Championships:
Congratulations to Norah Flatley on finishing 5th place in All-around and 2nd in Balance Beam.
Congratulations to Alexis Vasquez on 3rd place in Balance Beam.
see article

Liang Chow joins Register's Iowa Sports Hall of Fame
Des Moines Register - August 18, 2013

Gabby wins Olympic Gold Olympic Rewind: Gabby Wins Gold

Posted August 2, 2013

Gabby Douglas takes Subway's
Sportswoman of the Year
& YoungStars Awards
Gabby takes Woman of the Year  
see the full article

Congratulations to our new International Elite Qualifiers

Alexis Vasquez, Norah Flatley,
& Rachel Gowey
(pictured l to r)

They will all be competing at the
Secret U.S. Classic in Chicago, IL
on July 27, 2013.

Good Luck!!
International Elite Qualifiers

Congratulations to our Xcel Gymnasts & Coaches!
Great Job at State Meet

Results:         (Click on a team below)  
  Bronze Team Gold Team  
  Silver Team Platinum Team  

Congratulations to our 2013 State & Regional Champions

Reg Level 6  Reg Level 7  Reg Level 6

Level 4 Level 5 Level 6 Level 7
Click here for results & more pictures.

Iceberg Open 2013

Level 5 Team


Nike Presents Kinect Training with Shawn Johnson
Showcasing Shawn Johnson & Des Moines in a Nike Commercial.

The Year In Review

As 2012 comes to a close, it's time to reflect on the past 12 months in gymnastics. It's definitely been filled with inspiration, weirdness and heartbreak.

Stretching Out: The Year In Review, From A to Z
International Gymnast Magazine - Dec. 31, 2012

Congratulations to TEAM USA & GABBY DOUGLAS on their Olympic Gold Medals!!!

Upcoming Events

Please Note: We are taking registration for classes all year around. Call 327-2558 or stop by our office.
Chow's Challenge  

2014-1015 School Year Classes  

Parents Night Out  
  • every 3rd week of the month
  • 5:00-8:30pm
  • Come join us for the Fun!!

Chow's Dance Classes  
  • Enjoy the fun & special learning experience at Chow's Gymnastics
  • Martial Arts, Ballet, Hiphop and more...
  • see Flyer
  • Reservations taken year round.
  • Contact office for more details


Please check our Booster Club website for upcoming meet info.


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  • Dance Teacher
  • Party and Special Event Assistants
  • Immediate Opening: Girls Team Coach
    Chows Gymnastics is recruiting an experienced Girls Team Competitve Coach. We offer coaches a unique training experience, with an opportunity to be surrounded by some of the top coaches in the industry. Must have knowledge of Levels 4-10 and strong spotting skills. Pay commensurate with experience. We are also looking for experienced coaches, part time and full time, to provide instruction for boys and girls in recreational gymnastics, tumbling. Must have good communication skills, a willingness to strive for personal improvement and be a team player.
  • Please send resume to



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