About me ... Gymom Guru
I’m Luan Peszek and thrilled you are here exploring the site.
Here’s my story. I was a gymnast growing up and earned a scholarship to the University of Illinois where I competed on the gymnastics team for 4 years. It was a great experience and I also met my husband Ed who was a wrestler and a hockey player. I moved on to coach gymnastics at Northern Illinois University while getting a master’s degree in Public Relations. I worked 3 decades at USA Gymnastics in the Media & Communications department, then as Vice President of Women’s Program and finally as Vice President of Program Development until 2017.
During my time at USA Gymnastics I attended/worked three Olympic Games and more than 10 World Championships. I had the privilege of working with the best gymnasts in the world!
My husband and I had two daughters who loved and excelled in gymnastics. Samantha was a TOP’s National Team Member and went on to make the Junior National Team at age 12. She won a team gold medal at the 2007 World Championships in Stuttgart and a team silver medal at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. She continued her gymnastics career at UCLA where she became a three-time NCAA Champion (once in the all-around and twice on beam). Sam is now a broadcast journalist and has her own business, Beam Queen Bootcamp.
Our youngest daughter Jessica is a 4-time JO National qualifier and became the Senior MAC gymnast of the year in 2017 competing for Western Michigan University. Jessie is now in grad school getting a master’s of anesthesiology.