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PA Cyber Athlete Profile: Evan Eigner

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Passion is not hard to spot. Everyone is passionate about something. In sports, passion can be found in an athlete’s eyes, words, actions, and eventually, their greatest accomplishments.

Sometimes passion takes a while to find and develop, but once it is there, it is there for good. Evan Eigner, a 2012 graduate of PA Cyber School from Philadelphia, PA found his passion in gymnastics at an early age.

“I realized it almost immediately,” Evan said about his start in the sport. “I tried other sports like baseball and soccer, but they didn’t really click,” he said. Although he started out at a young age, he said he didn’t get involved in competitive gymnastics until he was around 12 or 13 years old.

While attending prep school in nearby Cherry Hill, New Jersey, the boys’ gymnastics program was cut, forcing Evan to look elsewhere for a team to compete with.

That’s when he found the Temple University Boys’ Gymnastics team, now known as Philadelphia Boys Gymnastics, a youth program that follows the same structure as the USA Gymnastics Boys’ Junior Olympic Structure.

This fall, Evan will not only join the Temple University gymnastics team as a college freshman, he will be continuing the Owls family legacy.

“My dad is the head coach at Temple University,” Evan said about his father, Fred Turnoff, who competed for the Owls from 1966-69 and will enter his 37th year as the team’s head coach..

Gymnastics is a unique sport in that its athletes have the ability to specialize in specific events in which they compete. While some prefer the beam and others enjoy the bars, Evan zoned in on rings.

“Up until a couple of months ago, I did it all—floor, rings, vault—but I was most successful on the rings,” Evan said. “It was more natural for me.”

Evan has spent countless hours working hard on toning and perfecting his upper body strength, a key aspect to this specific event. Traditionally, rings performed only by males in competition.

Like every athlete, Evan admitted that there were times when his confidence dwindled, but like a true competitor, he pushed himself to overcome what is arguably the toughest obstacle in sports – yourself. “There were times of doubt and I was hard on my self-expectations,” Evan said. “I always set goals and challenges that I try to overcome.”

As for the future, those personal goals will grow to goals for his new team and the next chapter of his life and career.

“I want to hopefully be competing regularly and hopefully have success for the team,” Evan said of starting college. “I want to help win a conference championship, a conference title, but the U.S. championship is the big one for me.”

With fall upon us, Evan is that much closer to those goals.