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USA Gymnastics Agrees To Purchase Karolyi Ranch Gymnastics Facilities

By USA Gymnastics | July 25, 2016, 10:43 a.m. (ET)

Martha and Bela Karolyi display banners for their facility as Karolyi Ranch was named an official training site for USA Gymnastics on Jan. 26, 2011 in Huntsville, Texas.

INDIANAPOLIS, July 25, 2016 – USA Gymnastics has agreed to terms with Bela and Martha Karolyi to purchase the gymnastics facilities, including gyms, athlete and coach housing and recreational areas, currently owned by the legendary coaches.  Located in Huntsville, Texas, the USA Gymnastics National Team Training Center, which is an official U.S. Olympic Training Site, will be renamed as the USA Gymnastics Athlete Development Center at the Karolyi Ranch.

“Acquiring the gymnastics-related portion of the Karolyi Ranch is an important step in our upcoming transition from Martha’s leadership as national team coordinator to her successor,” said Steve Penny, president of USA Gymnastics.  “The women’s national team has been training at the Karolyi Ranch since the turn of the century, and it has now become our home for training athletes in many of our disciplines.  Athletes of all ages and skill levels are impacted by the prestige and tradition embodied at the Ranch, and we are excited to continue the legacy of success that has been developed over the years.”

“This is a dream come true,” commented Bela Karolyi.  “From the very beginning our goal has been to create something truly unique for USA Gymnastics and over the past few years that mission has been accomplished.  The transition of ownership to the federation is exactly what we envisioned.”

“I am incredibly proud of the system that we have created and the success of our women’s program for the past 15 years,” added Martha Karolyi, who has served as the national team coordinator since 2001. “It is the right time for Bela and me to enjoy the other things in life while still remaining connected to USA Gymnastics through the ongoing activities at the Ranch.”

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Located in the middle of the Sam Houston Forest, the portion of the Karolyi Ranch that USA Gymnastics is purchasing is 36.2 acres and includes housing for 300 athletes, coaches and administrators; three training gyms, two artistic/acro and one multi-discipline (rhythmic, trampoline/tumbling); a dance studio; dining and recreational areas; medical and rehab facilities; and office space. The training gym for rhythmic gymnastics and trampoline and tumbling was added in 2010.

The Karolyis first began training athletes at the Ranch in 1984.  They will retain their personal residences, the Lodge and the remaining acreage. 

The Ranch has hosted all of the elite training activities for the U.S. Women’s National Team since 2001. This includes both national and international training camps, team selection camps and events, national qualifiers, international events, developmental camps and educational events, including high performance coaching seminars and international judges’ certification events.  Rhythmic and acrobatic gymnastics and trampoline/tumbling also hold regular camps at the Ranch. In addition, developmental and junior level gymnasts for all three disciplines attend camps and events at the Ranch, providing valuable instruction and experience.

The Ranch was named the U.S. Women’s National Team Training Center in 2001 when women’s gymnastics switched to a semi-centralized training program after the 2000 Olympic Games.  Members of the national team and their coaches travel to the Ranch every four to six weeks to work with the national team coaching staff.  This allows them to train in the comfort of their personal gym and hometown, but also provides the opportunity to benefit from the expertise of the coaching staff on a regular basis. 

In 2011, the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) designated the USA Gymnastics National Team Training Center at the Karolyi Ranch as a U.S. Olympic Training Site in cooperation with USA Gymnastics.  The USOC has partnered with world-class, elite athlete training facilities across the nation to help America’s Olympians, Paralympians and hopefuls receive the best athletic training services possible.

Quick facts/timeline for the USA Gymnastics National Training Center at the Karolyi Ranch


454 Forest Service Rd. 200, located in the middle of the Sam Houston National Forest in Huntsville, Texas


2,000 acres


-Two artistic gymnastics training facilities, used by acrobatic gymnastics also (50,000 sq. ft. total)

-Multi-purpose training gym for rhythmic and trampoline and tumbling (32,000 sq. ft.)

-Medical and rehab facilities 

-Dance studio

-Dining hall

-Housing for 300 participants, coaches and administrators

-Athlete lounge areas

-Recreational facilities, including Olympic-size swimming pool, basketball court, tennis court, volleyball court, fitness room, indoor whirlpool and sauna

-Internet access

 1983  Karolyi purchases 40 acres bordering on the Sam Houston National Forest, north of Huntsville.
 1984  Gym and cabins are built and the Ranch opens for summer camp.
 1986-89  Ranch grows to 2,000 acres.
 1999  Bela Karolyi is appointed to newly created position of national team coordinator (through 2000 Olympic Games) and monthly training camps are staged at  the Ranch.
 2001  Semi-centralized training system implemented, and Ranch is designated as the “U.S. Women’s National Team Training Center."                       
 Martha Karolyi is named women's national team coordinator (a position she still holds.)
 2003  Dance studio is added. Completion of second gym expands training center to 30,000 sq. ft. in total.
 2004  “Walk of Fame” brick path is unveiled.
 2006  Additional housing is built for coaches and gymnasts.
 2007  The Lodge is added.
 2010  Third training facility is built, especially designed for rhythmic gymnastics and trampoline and tumbling. 
 2011  Designated as a "U.S. Olympic Training Site."
 2015  Additional housing is built and a fitness room is added.
 2016  USA Gymnastics purchases the gymnastics-related facilities, recreational areas and athlete/coach housing and dining areas.