Olympian Laura Wilkinson Visits Troops in Iraq

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Laura Wilkinson stopped at the Local 2 studios today to talk about her recent trip to Kuwait and Iraq to spend time with our troops. More pictures to come…

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But there’s another huge point to her visit to our studios.  It’s the Laura Wilkinson Foundation.  Here’s a previous post about her work to build  a new Olympic training facility to The Woodlands, so children will have the same chance she did…

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If you don’t know Laura Wilkinson, you better ask somebody! She’s the Olympic Platform Diving Gold-Medalist from The Woodlands. For years, The Woodlands diving facility has developed and trained Olympians like Laura. But those days are over. The facility officially closes this week. The only hope to keep this world-class tradition alive is Laura’s foundation. She’s trying to raise money to build a new facility. The vision is awesome, but it won’t happen without some big time help.

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Here’s what Laura’s trying to accomplish: a new facility located on 10-15 acres near The Woodlands. It will be an innovative, world class sports facility that will offer state of the art equipment and features for a variety of sports to benefit aspiring athletes in the community. The main building in its distinct design will house a 20,000 square foot gymnastics area, a 10,000 square foot diving dryland training room, a cardio and weight training room, locker rooms, a unique baby swim pool, four dance studios, a dance stage and auditorium as well as classrooms, medical treatment rooms, conference and party rooms, offices, a reception and lounge area, and unique parent and kid friendly viewing areas. The outdoor diving well will include multiple 1 and 3 meter springboards, a full set of platforms, a sparging (bubbler) system, and a hot tub.

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2 Responses

  1. Nice picture, but poor Owen looks a bit squashed (although incredibly handsome). I don’t imagine he minded being sandwiched between Ms. Wilkinson and Ms. Zavala, though.

    I’m sure Anthony Yanez also enjoyed rubbing elbows with the woman he stalks at other events. Didn’t he once admit to following Laura Wilkinson near a bathroom at some other function just to get a picture with her?

    You guys are too funny! TV personalities in your own right – yet starstruck by others you meet. Who’da thunk?

  2. Very nice picture, but poor Owen looks a bit squashed (although incredibly handsome). I don’t imagine he minded being sandwiched between Ms. Wilkinson and Ms. Zavala, though.

    I’m sure Anthony Yanez also enjoyed rubbing elbows with the woman he stalks at other events. Didn’t he once admit to following Laura Wilkinson near a bathroom at some other function just to get a picture with her?

    You guys are too funny! TV personalities in your own right – yet starstruck by others you meet. Who’da thunk?

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