At OMEGA, we are thrilled to see our student-athletes do well, not just inside the gym but out there in real life. Their achievements inspire us to continue helping kids reach their potential through gymnastics.
One such source of inspiration for us is Zachary “Zac” Tiderman.
Zac got an early start in gymnastics. As a toddler, he kept bouncing off walls at his home. So his parents enrolled him in gymnastics preschool at age three to learn how to fall safely. He did learn to, and more besides—he fell in love with the sport.
Zac said that his favorite thing about gymnastics is the feeling of flying. He described it as the greatest feeling in the whole world. And fly he did. Before he graduated from high school, Zac competed in various national competitions. These include the 2020 Winter Cup and the 2019 US Gymnastics Championships, where he placed 3rd on the vault.
His talent and determination caught the eye of the University of Iowa. Zac later signed with the Hawkeyes Athletics men’s gymnastics program.
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But Zac’s stint with the Hawkeyes was over before it began. In 2020, at the start of Zac’s freshman year, the University of Iowa decided to cut men’s gymnastics from its athletics programs. The university cited revenue losses due to Covid-19.
That didn’t get Zac down, though. Working with his teammates, he got the former Iowa gymnastics squad into the Gymnastics Association of College Teams (GymACT). Doing so allows the team to continue training and compete in the NCAA and other collegiate-level meets. Zac will also transfer to the University of Nebraska in his sophomore year.
Watch Zac Tiderman talk gymnastics in this video:
OMEGA’s competitive team is part of the USA Gymnastics junior development program. Visit this page to learn more about our competitive team.