After 10 years at Bozhi's Gym Nest in Huntington, W. Va., Kayla Williams had a falling out with her coaches, Bozhi Russev and his daughter, Hrabrina (Hrabrova) Spencer, in February. It was an ugly split, and came just four months after Williams became the first American vault world champion.
Spencer, a member of the 1988 Bulgarian Olympic team, was especially hurt by an Associated Press story that appeared in USA Today on April 29, calling it "one-sided."
"The quicker the story blows over, the better," Spencer told IG in a phone interview earlier this week.
Spencer says it will not be difficult to see Williams training under a new coach.
"Even after everything she has said and her parents have said to us, I wish her the best," Spencer said.
Williams trained briefly at Sharp's Gymnastics in Indiana after she left Bozhi's, but the arrangement did not work out. After a couple of months without a gym, Williams finally found a new home at Cincinnati Gymnastics Academy in Ohio.
"She is on our team, and we are happy to have her," CGA coach Mary Lee Tracy told IG.