MEET OUR DRAGON CREW!

Jiani Wu & Yuejiu Li - Head Coaches & Owners

Jiani and Yuejiu have been coaching gymnastics for over 35 years. They have coached the National Team in USA, China, and Canada. They first met when they were both National team members at the Chinese National training center. They started dating right before the 1984 Olympics and got married in 1986. Legacy Elite is a world renowned training center ran by a family who have love and passion for kids and the sport of gymnastics.
 

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Coach Jiani

  • US National Team Member coach

  • Team USA International Elite Committee 

  • ​IL State TOPs Coordinator

  • 2013 Region 5 JO Coach of the Year

  • 2012 Elite Coach of the Year

  • 2010-11 USA Team -World's Assistant Coach

  • 2007 Region 5 Junior Olympic Coach of the Year

  • 1984 OLYMPIC GAMES – China Bronze Medal Team

  • 1981 Worlds 2nd place Team competition, the Chinese women’s first World Championships medal

  • Five-time Chinese National Champion

  • Chinese national team 1977-1985

Coach Yuejiu

  • US National Team Member Coach

  • 2014 Inducted into INTERNATIONAL GYMNASTICS HALL OF FAME (Watch the Hall of Fame video here)

  • 2013 Region 5 Junior Olympic Coach of the Year

  • 2012 Region 5 Elite Coach of the Year

  • 2008 Chinese Women’s and Men’s Coordinator for the GOLD medal winning OLYMPIC team

  • 2007 World’s Gold Medal Chinese team Coach

  • 1984 OLYMPIC GAMES – Silver Medal Men’s team

  • 1981 World Championships - China’s first male World Champion placing 1st on floor

  • Chinese national team member for over 10 years

Coach Anna 

  • 2012 Olympic Team alternate that won the gold medal

  • 2012 U.S. Championship uneven bars bronze medalist

  • 2011 World Championships Team alternate that won a gold medal

  • 2010 NCAA Team Champion (UCLA)

  • 8-time All-American

  • Scored two perfect 10s on bars

  • 3-time Pac-10 champion (2010 & 2009 bars, 2007 beam)

  • Won 6 career Regional titles (4 on bars, 1 on vault and 1 on beam)

  • 3-year All-Pac-10 honoree in the all-around

  • Performed on the Post Olympic "Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions"

  • IL TOPS Program State Director

  • 2016 Region 5 Hall of Fame Induction (Watch introduction here) (Watch Anna's acceptance speech here)

  • 2019 USAG Athlete Rep (Athlete Council)

  • FIG Brevet (Olympic Level) Judge

Coach Michelle- Preteam & Team Coach

  • Romanian National Team Member

  • 1984 Olympic Gold Medal Team

  • 1983 European Championship bronze beam

  • 1983 World Championships Silver Team

Coach Jami- Xcel Team Coach

  • Legacy Elite Xcel Team Coach for 6 years

  • Illinois State University

  • Coaching for 25+ years

  • Illinois HS coach of the year 2009

  • National HS coach of the year 2010

  • Favorite thing about Legacy Elite: "My favorite thing about coaching at Legacy Elite is the "family" atmosphere and coaching every gymnast to be the best she can be."

Coach Tony- Rec Director & Coach

  • Favorite Event: Beam

  • Favorite Sports Team: Detroit Lions

  • Favorite Athlete: Barry Sanders

  • Best thing about Legacy Elite: "Legacy Elite is a fun and interactive environment for all kids. I love seeing the kids smiling and making new friends!"

Coach Sydnee- Team & Rec Coach

  • Was a competitive gymnast at Legacy Elite.

  • 5 Years at Legacy Elite

  • Favorite Event: Floor

  • Favorite Skill to teach: backhandspring

  • Favorite thing about coaching: "Helping others believe in themselves! I love to see the kids grow in gymnastics."

  • Best thing about Legacy Elite: "Coach Anna, Jiani, and Yuejiu are some of the best coaches nation-wide. I am extremely grateful to be working for them!"

Coach Nathan- Rec, Ninja, Parkour Coach

  • Favorite Event: Parkour, Tumbling/Vault

  • Favorite Sports Team: Dallas Cowboys

  • Favorite Athlete: Paul Rodriguez (Skateboarder)

  • Best thing about Legacy Elite: "It's where you can go to become the best and have fun doing it!"

Coach Emily- Rec Coach

  • Favorite Event: Bars

  • Favorite Sports Team: UCLA womens gymnastics

  • Favorite Athlete: Simone Biles

  • Best thing about Legacy Elite: "I love how positive and nice all the coaches are. They make me feel at home!"

Coach Hana- Rec Coach

  • Was a competitive gymnast at Legacy Elite

  • Favorite Event: Bars

  • Favorite Sports Team: Packers

  • Favorite Athlete: Sunisa Lee

  • Best thing about Legacy Elite: "The community it builds :-) "

Coach Alyce- Rec Coach

  • Was a competitive Xcel gymnast at Legacy Elite

  • Favorite Event: Floor

  • Favorite Sports Team: Chicago Bulls

  • Favorite Athlete: Simone Biles

  • Best thing about Legacy Elite: "The loving coaches"

Coach Rithi- Rec Coach

  • Was a competitive Xcel gymnast at Legacy Elite

  • Favorite Event: Beam

  • Favorite Sports Team: Chicago Bulls

  • Favorite Athlete: Simone Biles

  • Best thing about Legacy Elite: "The fun and friendly environment"

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