A Journey to Gold
She’s little, she’s young, but she has a huge future ahead of her; chasing a pot filled with medals and gold.
Here name is Maile O’Keefe, and she is not just in our spotlight, but soon to be the spotlight of the nation. She competes Saturday, July 27, 2013 at the US “Secret” Classic, held in Chicago, IL. and is not only one of the youngest there competing, but currently the youngest to qualify Jr. International Elite. It is unconfirmed but we may learn that she is the youngest of all time. We’ll get back to you on that. Al Lansdon, one of the early coaches from Reno, NV who ran the prestigious Jr. International meet for many years and was responsible for most of the elites coming out of the state, confirmed that he does not recall any younger than Maile to represent the Silver state at this age.
Maile is loaded with tricks, can do about every skill on the balance beam, and tumbles like she’s on a TumblTrak. She eats, drinks, and sleeps the sport -- a wonderful trait common with athletes with her focus. With her focus? Want to talk about focus? OH yeah, she’s focused and has been since, well if she is little now than we are talking when she was a mini! Just watch this video of her at 2011 Tops testing [Maile, 8], Getting In The Zone http://youtu.be/U-V3_E81hho
She wiggles, she shakes, she imagines, and she flat out smokes her competition!
Maile, coached by Tammy and Sorin Salcianu, trains at Salcianu Academy of Gymnastics and Dance in Henderson Nevada. She has trained at the Academy practically since she was a baby. She has many outstanding accomplishments including: International Elite, On the National Development team attending camp frequently and coached by some of the best coaches our sport has ever known (Mihai Brestyan, Olympic Coach and 2013 USA Gymnastics coach of the year; Valerie Liukin, former olympian and coach/father of olympian Nastia Liukin, Tammy Biggs, on the National training staff since 1986).
Maile, is MSO’s unofficial mascot, as her team pointed out to me her initials are M.S.O.
We are certain to see her in the Olympics, oh but not in 2016 but in 2020, she will be too young in 2016 (of course). ‘Kinda makes you think doesn’t it - if you had 7 years to prepare for something, something that you were already great at -- What could you achieve, and what can we expect from, no longer a mini, but a “Mighty” Maile O’Keefe in 2020, maybe the most accomplished gymnast of our time? Its pretty exciting and we are excited to track her every step of the way!#msofeature #secretclassic