Just two years after fleeing from Shanghai, China, the Zhong family sat in their new living room in Langley, Canada. Due to the time difference, 8-year-old Angel Zhong woke up just in time to admire the gymnasts in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Now a junior studying neuroscience and a member of BYU gymnastics, Angel’s unconventional past molded her character.
BYU gymnastics head coach Guard Young took on a 2015 team that averaged a score of 194. A short three years later during the 2018 season, Young proudly watched his team hit the 196 mark not once, not twice, but 11 times.
BYU is known for a variety of things such as its religious commitments, subsidized tuition, and athletic programs. Something that isn't often recognized about the university is the amount of Olympians who call BYU their alma mater.
The BYU men's and women's swim teams broke six program records en route to first and second-place finishes, respectively, at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships on Feb. 20 in San Luis Obispo, California.