You don't have to be a sports fan to be inspired by the work ethic it takes to be an Olympian.

You don't have to be a sports fan to be inspired by the work ethic it takes to be an Olympian.

As gymnast Gabby Douglas heads to Rio to defend her championship in August, central Ohioans can watch with a small measure of pride, knowing Douglas has been training at Buckeye Gymnastics in Westerville. Folks at Renier Construction will be even more proud-they completed medal-worthy expansion of the gym to get it in shape for the gold medalist and others.

Can't wait for the Olympics to see great beach volleyball? National Volleyball League Midwest Championships begin Thursday at Flannagan's Dublin.

Though football is not an Olympic sport, about 180 youngsters in grades 1-8 will learn what it takes to excel from former Ohio State University All-American Braxton Miller in a camp Wednesday and Thursday at Worthington Kilbourne High School.

Athletes aren't the only ones to benefit from intense, focused training. Those seeking tech career help will soon have a new champion to train with as Chicago-based i.c. stars launches in Columbus with a July 20 event at Rev1 Ventures. Not surprising, given Columbus' new ranking by CBRE as the top small city for attracting and growing tech talent.

Our July issue notes that workforce development also gets a boost from organizations that help former prisoners land jobs-a win for employers and employees alike.

Make sure your favorite local businesses win the accolades they deserve by participating in our Best of Business readers poll. But hurry-voting ends Friday!

And when working days are done, Columbus residents in general and Grandview Heights residents in particular are already in a great place to retire, says a new Kiplinger report. The area ranks seventh on the magazine's list of 12 Great Places to Retire for Your Good Health. Grandview's small size, strong retail mix and walkability give it high marks.