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June 4, 2010

Armenian gymnastic coach's plight illustrates immigration system's problems

In January, Vardan Sargsyan's visa expired, along with his hopes to continue working legally as a gymnastics coach at Great American Gymnastic Express in Blue Springs, Missouri. Sargsyan, a former national champion gymnast for Armenia and a member of the Soviet national team, moved to the U.S. seven years ago to work with some of the best gymnasts in the world. The Blue Springs gym has produced Olympic-caliber athletes. His story sheds light on the difficulties that immigrants encounter in trying to deal with a faceless system.

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