Like most gymnasts of her generation, a young Christine Idiart emulated Mary Lou Retton and dreamed of the Olympics.
And like many a gymnast, Idiart quit the demanding sport in her teens to participate more fully in school and its athletic arena. But the pull toward gymnastics persisted.
"I've always loved the sport, and I always watch it when it's on (television)," says the Central Point resident. "I've kind of always wanted to get back into it."
At age 29, Idiart gets a second chance at gymnastics in a Medford class geared specifically to adults who spent their childhoods tumbling, vaulting, balancing and swinging through the air. The class also gives newcomers to the sport a demanding exercise regimen unlike any they've tried.
"(It's) definitely the best core workout you could get anywhere doing anything," says 25-year-old Luke Anderson.