By Aram Arkun
CLEVELAND, Ohio — Houry Gebeshian parlayed years of hard work and dedication into an opportunity to make history and compete at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games at Rio de Janeiro.
An Armenian-American, she became the first female gymnast to represent the Republic of Armenia. She now is in great demand as an inspirational speaker. She came to the Boston area at the end of September for several speaking engagements, as well as to receive the Leadership in Fortitude Award from the Armenian International Women’s Association.
This summer, Gebeshian was in Brazil for about three weeks. She said, “The first week I was there was all practice, getting used to the equipment, area and arena.”
After the opening ceremony, she competed on day two of the Olympic games. She stayed the rest of the time at the Games, and did not sightsee, because, she said, “I could go to Rio or Brazil any day of the week. I wanted to soak in as much of the Olympic experience as I could, so I went to as many events as Rio [games] had to offer.”