Hometown Hero: North Texas Gymnast Madison Kocian Wins Gold in Rio

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PLANO -- Team USA will be taking home the Women's Gymnastics Team All-Around gold medal, and in Madison Kocian's case, that home is right here in North Texas.

Kocian trained at the World Olympic Gymnastics Academy in Plano.

"We're all just ecstatic," said Megan Haught, women's team coach at WOGA. "We're just excited to have another Olympian."

Kocian's the third Olympic gold medalist to come from the Plano gym, joining Carly Patterson (2004) and Nastia Liukin (2008).

"Most of our little kids who start out on team, that's their ultimate goal," said Coach Haught.

Man... What do you even do after you reach your ultimate goal at just 19??

Well, at least she shouldn't have to worry about money...

"She has a full-ride scholarship to UCLA," said Haught. "So she'll be headin' off to LA when she gets back."

Not to mention the endorsements!  She reportedly already has a deal lined up with Under Armor.

If nothing else, she'll join Patterson and Liukin - who are both featured on huge posters inside and outside of WOGA - in inspiring the future Olympians at the Plano gym.

"We already ordered her a big sign," Haught told NewsFix. "I don't think you can walk through the front doors and not be inspired."

Who knows!  In another four or eight years, that inspiration could turn into even more Olympic gold for North Texas.

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