As a Hartford-area resident and native, I am thrilled to have the Visa Championships come to home Hartford!  When I was a competitive athlete, I won many titles at our national championships on my way to achieving my ultimate dream, winning a gold medal at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.  I loved returning to this area after my gymnastics success to open my gym in Agawam.This year’s Visa Championships are special for several reasons:  the country’s best gymnasts are coming to my home area; I have three junior gymnasts competing in the event; I am an honorary co-chair of the Visa Championships; and I am one of the commentators for NBC’s broadcast of the event.I am so proud to have the opportunity to show off our community, and I hope everyone will join me in making this the most successful Visa Championships ever!