Drive honed through athletics grows gymnastics business

IN THE BALANCE: Shannon Hughey Cornicelli, founder and owner of Dream Big Academy, is seen spotting gymnastics student Emily Pacillo, 12. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
IN THE BALANCE: Shannon Hughey Cornicelli, founder and owner of Dream Big Academy, is seen spotting gymnastics student Emily Pacillo, 12. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
Shannon Hughey Cornicelli first thought about owning a gymnastics training facility when she was 4 years old, watching Mary Lou Retton win a gold medal at the 1984 Olympics. When she graduated from Rhode Island College in 2003 with a double major in biology and chemistry, the four-time Rhode Island Interscholastic League champion's dream was…
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