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Ames, IA 8/2/2018-

Cardinal Gymnastics hires 3 time Olympic Coach as new Team Director!

Cardinal Gymnastics Academy, located on the Iowa State University campus, is pleased to announce the hiring of Nilson Medeiros Savage as the new Team Director and Head Coach for the Xcel and USAG J.O. Program.

Nilson Medeiros Savage is in his third season as an assistant coach on the Iowa State Gymnastics staff and serves as recruiting coordinator. The Brazilian brings over three decades of coaching experience, including over a decade in the NCAA, to Cardinal Gymnastics Academy. His career has taken him all around the world, while being involved in club, college and Elite international gymnastics.

Medeiros Savage will oversee the daily operations, coaching and coordination of all TEAM activities and events for CGA.

Prior to ISU, Medeiros Savage wrapped up a stint of coaching Olympic gymnast Jessica Lopez of Venezuela. Medeiros Savage guided Lopez to a seventh place finish in the all-around and sixth on the uneven bars at the Rio 2016 Olympics, both were the highest finishes by a South American gymnast in Olympic gymnastics history. Her trip to the uneven bars final was the first event finals appearance by a South American gymnast.

During that time, Medeiros Savage also served as the President of Classic Events USA, an independent company that ran and operated the Cancún Classic, a gymnastics even that brought hundreds of Junior Olympic competitors and NCAA squads to Mexico for competition.

Medeiros Savage has worked with some of the biggest and best names and organizations. In 1988, Medieros Savage spent time in the Soviet Union studying technique and strategy from some of the world’s top coaches at the time.

From 1987-90, he served as the head coach of his native Brazil’s Junior National Team, while also serving as a coach to several members of Brazil’s Senior National Team.

Medeiros Savage graduated from Universidade Gama Filho in 1986 with a bachelor degree in physical education and a teaching certificate. He also earned a post graduate degree in exercise physiology in 1987.  Nilson resides in Ames, IA with his wife Crystal and 3 sons.