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I am so humbled to be nominated for the 2018 Gymnast of the Year! My gymnastics career began in a mommy and me class at 18 months old. By 2yo I was climbing to the top of a 20ft rope to earn the right to pick a trinket from the treasure box. At 6yo I began competing Xcel silver at Gymnastix Training Center in Buford, GA. I advanced each year from Xcel silver to Xcel gold to Level 7,9, and 10. I was a member of the Georgia State Team for Xcel gold (2014) and Level 7 (2015). I also qualified Hopes compulsory in 2016 and 2017.
Unfortunately, Gymnastix Training Center chose to discontinue their elite program in 2017 so I made the difficult decision to switch gyms. Jorgen Falk, co-owner of Georgia All Stars, took me under his wing for 4 months and gave me the encouragement I needed to continue the elite path. I finally found "home" at Georgia Elite Gymnastics in September 2017. I had an unforgettable 2018 season which began by earning my Jr. Elite compulsory qualifying score in Myrtle Beach, SC and placing 1st AA. The next elite qualifier was KPAC where I once again placed 1st AA and earned my Jr. Elite optional score and the chance to compete in the American Classic and US Classic. I had to pull out of the American Classic due to injury but fought hard to be ready for the US Classic. Unfortunately, a couple of uncharacteristic falls left me short of my goal but hungry for more.
I ended my JO Level 10 career at Nationals in Cincinnati, OH finishing 4th AA and being named to the JO National Team. I am so grateful for the non-competitive opportunities this year in gymnastics has given me as well. I attended the US Developmental Team Camp, the JO National Team Camp, currently representing Plum Practicewear as a Plum Ambassasor, modeled for the 2018 Ozone Leotard Fashion Show, modeled for Inside Gymnastics Magazine, mentoring young gymnasts, and meeting so many new friends! I believe in the future of USA gymnastics and know that God has a plan for me to be a part of it in some way. I can't wait to see where the path leads! For now, I am excited to focus on my elite career with hopes of earning a place on the 2019 National Team.
Jersey Bingman - World Class Gymnastic ~ VaLevel 9
Coaches: Tami, Jake, Mary, Beka and Rex
Graduating Year: 2024
I am a 13 year old gymnast competing Level 9 at World Class Gymnastics in Newport News, VA. I started gymnastics at 2 years old with a Mommy (Oma) and me class and never looked back.... it has become my passion and joy! I trained for 8 years at Riverview Gymnastic Center with the Flipateers Team in Newport New, Va. going from Superkids to Level 4 & 5 Team and scoring out of Level 3 at 5 years old. My first Optional year as a Level 6 was an all-time highest record for the Flipateers as I made the Top 100 gymnast scoring an 38.500 AA at the 2016 Virginia State Meet placing on all events.
I trained for 8 years at Riverview Gymnastic Center with the Flipateers Team in Newport New, Va. going from Superkids to Level 4 & 5 Team and scoring out of Level 3 at 5 years old. My first Optional year as a Level 6 was an all-time highest record for the Flipateers as I made the Top 100 gymnast scoring an 38.500 AA at the 2016 Virginia State Meet placing on all events.0
I competed Level 7 at Triple T Gymnastic in Suffolk Va. Following the same coaches from Flipateers Jami and Loni whom I have had since my first Level 4 competition at 6 years old. At the 2017 Virginia State Meet scored a 37.875 AA placing on Floor.1
I am currently training at World Class Gymnastics in Newport News, Va. I competed Level 8 with a new team , new coaches and a much larger gym. It was a fabulous year placing 3rd at the 2018 Virginia State Meet scoring a 37.975 AA placing on all events and taking 1st place on Bars as the 2018 Virginia State Champion. This qualified me for my first Regional Meet at which I placed 2nd with a score of 38.00 AA, placing on all events. I am training for the upcoming season as a Level 9 and my training consist of 32 hours in the summer and 25 hours a week during school year. My coaches are Tami,Jake, Mary, Beka and Rex who have taught me so much that it is immeasurable. First meet of the season for Level 9 was a success placed 1st on Vault, Bar, and Floor, took 4th on Beam and place 1st in the AA. The Robin Cone Memorial meet was amazing as we all got to meet Peng Peng Lee!! UCLA Gymnast with perfect 10.00 !!!2
I am in the 7th grade at a Public Middle School placement in an AP program with an A and A/B honor roll. I have maintained the honor roll throughout my Elementary School years and on into Middle School.3
When I am not in the gym or attending school my favorite thing to do is Aerial Silks. Casted in The Tarzan play at the Williamsburg Theater this was a highlight to show off my gymnastics skills as a monkey with Silks performing show stopping aerials in midair!!! Theatre has captured my heart too!!!4
To be nominated for the Top 45 Gymnast of the Year is an honor .!!. " If you can believe it, then it is possible" My dream is to become an elite gymnast and earn a spot on a Division 1 College Team. I understand the persistence and dedication this requires which I am willing to put in the work and time. Most of all I would like to Thank YOU for considering me as one of your nominees. Looking forward to an awesome season with my teammates who are my sisters!!! Just remember "Half of doing is believing that you can"5
I have been competing in gymnastics since I was five and I have been going to Gold Medal for over 10 years. I have been the Arizona State AA Champion for level 3, 5, 6 and 7. I qualified for the Arizona Level 7 State team and was the Region 1 Floor Champion for Level 7. For Level 8 I was the AA Champion for Region 1 as well as the Regional Floor Champion. My favorite event is beam. I am very excited to be nominated for the Top 100 Gymnasts of the Year.
I am 11 years old and training level 9 and Hopes Elite at WOGA in Frisco, TX. I am in the 6th grade and attend school in my gym and love my teachers and classmates. I currently train 2 times a day Monday - Thursday and Friday and Saturday mornings. I started gymnastics when I was 6yrs old.
Hailey John - Orlando Metro GymnasticsLevel 10/HOPES Elite
Coaches: Jeff Wood & Christi Mitchell
Graduating Year: 2022
Hailey is currently training Level 10/ELITE at Orlando Metro Gymnastics in Orlando, Florida. She trains under Head Coach Jeff Wood and Christi Mitchell. Choreography done by Olga Dunaeva. In 2017, during her first season as a Level 10 Gymnast, she ended the year 1st AA at the Florida State Meet, earning 1st on beam and floor. While completing her first season as a Level 10, Hailey continued working towards her goal of becoming an elite gymnast. In 2017, Hailey qualified for the HOPES Classic and the HOPES Championship in Chicago where she earned bronze on beam! During the 2018 season, Hailey was 2nd AA (37.500) at the Level 10 FL State Championships, placing 1st on beam (9.500) and floor (9.575). She also qualified for JO Nationals with a 3rd AA score of 37.450. Hailey finished out the JO Season at the National Championships in Cincinnati with a 9th AA Score of 37.650. She also earned a silver medal on beam (9.675). It was a great first experience at JO Nationals! Hailey has been an honor roll student throughout middle school and into high school. Hailey has verbally committed to Auburn University.
Coaches: Antoaneta Angelova, Fernando Villa, Adam Kessinger
Graduating Year: 2025
Hi! I started competitive gymnastics at the age of 8. I am training level 9 at West Coast Elite Gymnastics. Last season, I competed level 8 and won 3rd place at Regionals. I also placed first in level 7 at Regionals. I am currently 11 years old, and a 6th grader in online schooling.
Currently training Hopes/Elite, Alix Napholz was born on October 25, 2007, to Meegan and Tom Napholz. Alix got her start in gymnastics at the young age of just 18 months and wanted to follow in her sister’s footsteps of being a gymnast. In October 2013, Alix began competing level 2 as a six year old with Precision Gymnastics. Alix competed level 2 through the spring 2014 season and then went on to compete level 3 during the 2014-2015 season. Halfway through her level 3 season, Alix began training with Jersey Shore Elite. At the New Jersey Level 3 State Championships, Alix placed seventh on beam and eighth all around in a tough age division.
During the summer of 2015, Alix continued to train new skills and was able to skip levels 4 and 5 and went on to compete level 6 during the 2015-2016 season. Alix had a solid level 6 season and concluded her season at the New Jersey State Championships. As a level 7 during the 2016-2017 season, Alix began her season at the Jingle Bell Rock Meet where she won the floor title and placed fifth all around. Alix continued to improve her all around score throughout the season and had a personal best on floor at state where she earned the bronze medal with a 9.625.
Alix opened up her 2017-2018 level 8 season at the Kick-Off Classic where she placed third on beam and floor. Three months later, Alix competed at the New Jersey State Meet where she went on to qualify for the Region 7 Championships. Alix had her best meet of the season at regionals, placing fourth on floor and earning a 37.100 in the all around. Although regionals concluded Alix’s level 8 season, six weeks later Alix competed in the Auburn National Elite Qualifier. Alix finished the optional qualifier with a silver medal on floor and a bronze medal on bars. Currently, Alix trains 29 hours per week under coach Jacqui Strickland at Jersey Shore Elite Gymnastics. In the future, Alix’s goal is to qualify Hopes and eventually become a Florida Gator.
Born in 2002, Amaya started gymnastics at the age of 12.5 years old. She began her career in AAU gymnastics, in late August of 2014, when she joined a beginners gymnastics class after her parents discovered she was teaching herself gymnastics from YouTube videos. She went on to compete levels 1 and 3 that same year and won 3rd AA at the AAU State Championships the summer of 2015. Amaya became a member of USAG in November of 2015 and competed levels 4 and 5 in 2016.
In 2017, Amaya competed level 6 at the SoCal Levels 6-10 State Championships and claimed the first place title in all events and the first place AA title for her age division with an overall score of 38.625. She placed 4th overall with the level 6 athletes and tied for 14th place among all athletes competing at these State Championships. Amaya was placed on My Meet Scores top 100 in 2017 for her Bars and her AA scores. Amaya competed level 8 in 2018 and again placed 1st AA in her age division for the SoCal Levels 6-10 State Championships with a score of 37.750. Amaya was honored to represent SoCal State and competed on the State Team at the Region 1 Levels 8-10 Championships where she placed 5th AA with a score of 38.175. Amaya is currently training Level 9 and looks forward to competing in January of 2019.
Coaches: Aimee Booreman, Jose Morales,Maria Lankova
Graduating Year: 2026
At the age of 6 1/2 years old, Asia fell in love with gymnastics. One morning, she woke up and said she wants to practice gymnastics. She would always find time to watch YouTube videos day and night in her bedroom, teaching herself how to do backflips, front flips and press handstands. After months of convincing her parents that she was eager and "more than ready" to learn the sport competively. Asia was taken to a gym facility where she showcased her skill for the coaches; they were more than impressed and immediately requested that she enroll into their program and that's when the real training began.
Asia went from practicing the basics of sport in her bedroom to becoming a member of the TOPs program at the age of 7 in 2015. Asia trained for 8 months and in that time, she had grown stronger, smarter and more aware of what it takes to become a balanced athlete in the sport. The hard work paid off as it landed Asia in the Top 50 rank in the state of Florida and she could not have been more proud herself. That accomplishment came with her first major award of being selected to be a part of the Diamond team which only made her strive for more. In 2016, Asia tested out of levels 4 & 5 and continued to train for her next TOPs testing. The results of that testing opened the eyes of USAG members and earned her several trips to the national training center in Texas at the age of 8. While at the camp, for the first time, Asia placed 5th and then soon after she placed 2nd in the physical abilities competition.
Getting more familiar with her gift, Asia was determined to do better so she trained harder. While thrilling and exciting for Asia, it all happened very fast and she encountered challenging moments in going away to camps and spending long periods away from her parents at such a young age. Although this was a whirlwind experience, Asia found the courage to do what it takes for something she enjoyed so much. In 2017, Asia was exhilarated to compete as a level 7 in her very first season! Asia finished the season earning state floor & vault titles! In 2018, Asia competed level 8 winning state 3rd AA with a floor “her favorite event” title which earned her a spot at regionals. Asia ended her level 8 season at regionals placing 1st AA and making vault champ! Sparing no effort, next to come for Asia will be competing level 9 pushing higher and competing more fiercely each year in hopes of becoming a successful elite.
As a third-generation competitive gymnast, Baylie began competing at the age of five. Following in her grandmother’s and aunt’s footsteps, she has won state and regional titles, but began so at an earlier age. Baylie’s first state title came at the age of six and her first regional title at the age of nine. Baylie was selected to the TOPs Diamond Team at the age of seven and the TOPs National A Team at the age of eight.
As a nine-year-old she finished the 2017 season as the ninth ranked Level 8 gymnast in the country, scoring above 38.000 in every meet despite suffering an elbow injury only two weeks prior to the beginning of her season. As a ten-year-old in 2018, Baylie competed Level 9 where she finished the season ranked 13th, from all age groups, in the US.
Her first meet as an elite was in The Netherlands where Baylie led her USA team to the team championship, while taking the gold in the all-around. She returned and competed the Hopes season under coaches Megan Haught, Josh Jeffries, and Nataliya Marakova. Baylie took bronze on the beam and floor exercise at the American Classic in Utah. Later in Ohio, Baylie took the National Hopes Championship AA and Beam Silver Medal and was selected to the Hopes 10-11 National Team. She is currently training at WOGA and attending National Developmental Camps and preparing for the 2019 season with a goal to qualify Junior Elite and reach the USA National Championships in August.
I’m 13 years old, I will be competing level 9 this season but am currently working on my level 10 skills as well. My first competition was at the age of 7 and two of my sisters were my teammates.
In the late spring of 2017 I moved to Olympus Gymnastics where I began training for my second level 8 season. Just a few days before leaving my old gym I broke my toe. Not only did I have new coaches and new teammates, I was also in a boot for the first 6 weeks in my new surroundings. I pushed through the challenges of a change, worked extremely hard and made immense improvements. That all paid off, my first meet of the season I took 1st place on Vault, Bars, Beam and AA, scoring higher than I had my entire career.
My first travel meet was across the country, in Florida. There I won Vault, Beam and AA, I even scored the highest level 8 AA in my session, 37.85. At the Brestyans Las Vegas Invitational, soon after, I put up the highest level 8 AA, of all sessions, won all 4 events and scored above a 38 for the first time ever. I became the Beam and Floor State Champion, at the Utah Level 8 State Championships, placing high enough to qualify to be on the State Team, representing Utah, at the Region 1 Championships. As a member of the Utah State Team, I was in a very tough division at Regionals but had a great showing, I medaled in all events and finished 5th AA with a 38.325, my new best.
It’s an honor to be considered for Gymnast of the Year, I love gymnastics. I’m making great progress in my training, I’m learning new skills at a fast pace. I’m a hard worker, been told I’m easy to coach, I’m extremely humble and take pride in all that I do. I go to public school, am enrolled in several honors classes, a straight A student, I have 4 sisters, love doing their hair and can solve a Rubik’s Cube in less than 2 minutes. I’m hoping to earn a scholarship and compete in college.
Coaches: Stephen & Amanda Maness, Monica Davis & Lindsey Shilling
Graduating Year: NC-Bull City Gymnastics 2019
Caitlin is not your typical gymnast at 5 feet 6 inches. Her gymnastics career began at 3 years old. Caitlin always has a smile on her face and is to quick to make friends with her teammates and fellow competitors. Her compassion and cheery disposition make her an essential component to a positive training environment which we all could use a little more of. She continues to be a role model for young girls who want to be a strong healthy gymnast.
Caitlin had early success in gymnastics winning many events and all-around titles. One of her highlights was winning the Level 8 NC State Al- Around title and competing on the State Team in Regional Championships and winning first place with her team. When Caitlin reached level 9 and began to grow several inches every month, she began to question herself about whether or not she could continue to do the sport she loved at the level she wanted. Growth spurts, injuries, and self-doubt began to creep into the picture. Fortunately working with her coaches, teammates and physical therapists, she was able to safely rehab her injuries and train her level 10 skills getting her fire and confidence back. She knew that she wanted to compete college gymnastics one day and did not want to give up on that dream.
She has competed level 10 the past 3 years and competed in two National Championships. She shares her joy for gymnastics with her teammates and choreographs several floor routines for her younger teammates, volunteers at gymnastics camp, and always has time to give a little gymnast a hug or high-five when they get a new skill. Caitlin's work ethic and commitment to gymnastics continue to inspire other girls that don't fit the mold. Don't let others decide your fate, be the best you can be is Caitlin's motto. She is very proud to say she has verbally committed to NC State Gymnastics Team and is truly grateful for all the blessing she has been given.
Caitlin is a well-rounded student that continues to train 24 hours a week at the gym while attending public school, and being involved in extracurricular activities. Caitlin gives back as much as she gets from the sport she has loved for the past 14 years. This is why she is my choice for Gymnast of the Year.
Coaches: Aimee Boorman, Jason Collins, Jose Morales, Maria Iankova
Graduating Year: 2023
I studied the sport of gymnastics as a little girl, hoping one day to actually take classes. I would watch You Tube videos and stare at library book pictures; admiring the beauty of this sport. FINALLY, my parents signed me up, at the age of 10, for my very first recreation class! That was in February 2015. Since then, I have worked really hard to learn as much as I can in a short amount of time! I still study the sport and make goals for myself every season. It seems like yesterday, when I started learning basics on the equipment.
My first season to compete was in 2016 at Level 7. I was able to test out of Levels 2-6 in about 9 months!! My parents and I didn't really understand what that meant as it was happening, though. I just loved learning new skills and my coaches thought I was doing them technically correct. It didn't seem "special" at the time; it just felt "right."
In my level 7 season, it started fantastic! In two meets, I won floor and beam and earned 2nd All Around. Sadly, one day in practice, I fell and broke my elbow. I had to have major elbow surgery and 4 months of rehab. It was so frustrating! As soon as my season started, it was over. But, I fought hard and worked hard to keep a positive attitude, focusing on my future goals. Soon, I was training for Level 8 and moved to Sarasota, FL with my Coach. It was a really big decision and an exciting commitment for my whole family. All of my rehab, and hard work paid off in my Level 8 season in 2017!! It was the first FULL season I had ever competed!! I earned State Champion for Floor and Beam! At Regionals, I won the Floor and All Around Gold!! Last season, in 2018, Level 9 was incredible!! I continued to train hard and learn a lot of new skills. Competing these new skills was definitely challenging, but I embraced the challenge. All season, I was in the top 5 on every event. I won GOLD at every meet but one on floor and beam! I also won All Around at every meet with a high score of the season of 38.500!!
I am the Florida State Champion for Bars, Beam, Floor and ALL Around!! I am the Florida Regional Champion for Beam, Floor and All Around!! Easterns was an amazing experience and I felt so thankful to qualify and compete there. I had a great meet, earning a Silver medal on Floor and 5th All Around. I am currently training Level 10 and hope to qualify as a Junior Elite this 2019 season. Gymnastics continues to feed a deep hunger inside of my heart. That little girl, who just started not too long ago, is still hungry for more!!
Gymnastics has been a key part of my life since I was three years old. Beyond gymnastics, it’s taught me life skills such as finding a love and passion for something, time management, setting and accomplishing goals, confidence and a responsibility for my own direction as a gymnast and person. I fell in love with the sport and started my gymnastics career at Bill Austin's Gymnastics in Sugar Land, TX. I spent the majority of my compulsory years at Iron Cross Gymnastics in Richmond, TX. After my level 6 season in 2011, I moved to Stars Gymnastics in Houston, TX and have been there ever since.
In 2013, I placed first in the all-around with a 38.925 and first on uneven bars, balance beam and floor exercise at the Level 7 State Championships. I moved up to level 8 for the 2014 season where I placed third in the all-around with a 38.350, first on uneven bars and second on floor exercise at the State Championships. I qualified to the Region 3 Championships, finishing first in the all-around with a 38.450. I also placed first on balance beam, second on uneven bars and third on floor exercise. As a level 9 gymnast in 2015, I placed in the top ten in the all-around with a 37.250 and seventh on uneven bars scoring a 9.500 at the State Championships. At the Region 3 Championships, I finished second in the all-around with a 37.350, third on balance beam and floor exercise and fourth on vault. I qualified to the Level 9 Western Nationals in Spokane, WA where I placed seventh in the all-around with a 37.200 and sixth on balance beam and floor exercise.
At the level 10 State Championships 2016, I placed fifth in the all-around with a 37.775, second on uneven bars and fifth on floor exercise. I finished fourth in the all-around with a 37.875, second on uneven bars and third on balance beam and floor exercise at the Region 3 Championships, I qualified to the Junior Olympic Nationals in Ft. Worth, TX. I was voted Gymnast of the Year by my teammates in 2014, 2016 and 2018. In 2017, I placed second on uneven bars and third on floor exercise at the State Championships. At the Region 3 Championships, I finished sixth in the all-around and first on floor exercise. I qualified to the Junior Olympic Nationals in Indianapolis, IN where I placed 12th in the all-around with a 37.200, seventh on uneven bars and tenth on floor exercise out of 57 gymnasts. In 2018, I placed first on uneven bars, floor exercise and in the all-around with a 38.600 at the State Championships. At the Region 3 Championships, I finished second in the all-around with a 38.225, first on uneven bars and second on balance beam and floor exercise. I qualified to the Junior Olympic Nationals in Cincinnati, OH, finishing in the top 15 in the all-around with a 38.000 and fourth on uneven bars. I attend Katy High School and have committed to Nebraska. GBR!
Olivia started gymnastics at the age of 3 at The Little Gym in Scarsdale, NY. By 5 years old, Olivia was doing standing tucks and displaying tremendous talent in the sport. Someone at her recreational class recommended that she try competitive gymnastics. At this age she was great at tumbling but had no idea where gymnastics would take her..........................
Fast forward to 2017 -- Olivia was pretty set on quitting gymnastics. She had just finished her first level 9 season. She felt down and defeated about not living up to her own expectations. Olivia's parents wanted to try one last thing before they let her leave gymnastics forever -- they changed gyms. The decision to take her over an hour away from home to North Stars Gymnastics Academy in NJ, would be a big sacrifice but worth the try. The first 30 days at Olivia's new gym were rough. There was so much for Olivia to learn and revamp before the season began. She was not used to this type of practice or work ethic. Every day she was nervous to point of headache and it seemed to be the end of gymnastics for such a gifted girl. It was heartbreaking. Something happened after that 30-day trial. Olivia was excited again. She couldn't wait to get to practice. She was talking about her future in gymnastics again. North Stars had turned Olivia into her alter ego, "STORM," once again! (A powerful nickname for such a humble girl). ...................................
The 2017-18 gymnastics session began and Olivia was off to a great start. She still struggled on certain events but overall looked like a rock star. Olivia's coaches were slowly building her confidence back up. Mid season, Olivia was on a roll but then two weeks before the NJ State competition, BAM, she landed short in her double back tuck, spraining her ankle. She missed the two gymnastics meets leading to States and wasn't sure if she could perform all events at the meet. Olivia went to States and fell on floor, and beam. It was a shaky meet! She managed to qualify for the Regionals competion next. At Regionals, Olivia was ready and got her record high scores on vault, floor and AA. She now was feeling ready for Eastern Nationals. Walking into Nationals, Olivia turned to her mom and said "I'm not nervous. I'm going to win." She went out there and did just that! Olivia won floor and the AA at Eastern Nationals...............................
Olivia feels good about her future in gymnastics, and has set some big goals. Still driving over an hour each way to the gym she now calls home, Olivia is grateful for the support on the path ahead. Winning Gymnast of the Year would be an honor for a regular, degular, schmegular girl from the Bronx just trying her best to reach her goals.
HI, I'm Tatum & I started gymnastics at the age of 2. It took me a few different invitations to join the competitive team at my gym. It was a beautiful pink leo with rhinestones that finally won me over and after competing & winning AA at my first meet I was hooked! I am now training level 9/10 at Oklahoma City Gymnastics in OKC, OK. My amazing coaches Giovanna (Gou) Romero & Manuel Navarez push me to do my best & to reach my goals. This last season, I was the top qualifier for the Oklahoma team that represented our state at the National Judges Cup State Challenge in Portland, OR. I finished 2nd AA at that meet & the Oklahoma team finished 4th.. Another highlight of this past season was receiving the Nadia Spirit award at the Nadia Comaneci Invitational presented by Nadia herself. As a level 8, I finished top two at every regular season meet and ended my season as the Region 3 Bar and Floor champ and 3rd in the AA. My long term goal is to compete in college & be able to give back to my sport through coaching & judging. I love my gym, coaches, & gym family! I feel very blessed to be able to participate in such an awesome sport with a great group of awesome girls. It is such a great honor to be nominated for Gymnast of the Year!!! I feel that God has given me a great talent & I hope to give Him all the glory!
Coaches: Kyel Mailly, Arwen Frison and Laura Lockwood
Graduating Year: 2025
My name is Lailah Green. I am 11 years old. I started gymnastics when I was 4 years old. I'm training level 9 at Kips Gymnastics in Corona, California. I train 20 hours per week. This past season, I competed level 8 and placed 1st in the AA, Floor and Vault at Regionals. In level 7, I made the State Team and I was glad to represent Region 1 in the competition at Regionals. I ended my season placing 1st in the All Around (39.175), Floor and Vault. I love this sport because it makes me strong physically and mentally. I am humbled and excited to be one of the 2018 Gymnast of the Year nominee. I am grateful for the support from my parents and the encouragement from my coaches. I realize that without them, I would not be where I am today in gymnastics.
Liam began his USAG experience as a gymnastic competitor in 2014 at Gymnastics Unlimited in Northglenn, CO. He started competing at Level 5 (2014-15 season) and has been promoted a level every year. In 2018, Liam competed at Level 8 and placed 2nd at the Colorado State Meet and 4th in Region 9 (CO, NM, UT, WY) including a Silver Medal Floor routine and a Gold Medal H-Bar routine. Liam's coaches for his 2017-18 season were Michael Pinter and Stevie Gragg (@ GU); Michael was Liam's primary coach since he began at GU in 2014. Both coaches left GU after the season, thus Liam began his Level 9 season at a new club: Xtreme Altitude in Layfayette, CO. See Liam's full story on his former club's website: http://www.gucolorado.com/featured-athlete/Liam-Madsen-Info.htm - stories and video links included. A tale worth reading & watching - YouTube channel as well (Madsen family site w/Liam) *
Kendall started gymnastics when she was just 3.5 years old. She was in ballet and her instructor quickly pointed out that ballet was not likely in Kendall's future (since she was upside down all of the time in class). She recommended gymnastics. Based on that recommendation, we enrolled Kendall in a gymnastics after school program sponsored by Infinite Bounds. Shortly thereafter Kendall was asked to join a "pre-team". Kendall's passion for the sport grew and she learned about Kurt Thomas Gymnastics. We loved the gym and their approach to training. She joined the KT team as a Level 3 gymnast. She quickly progressed through levels 4-7 between 2013 - 2015. Kendall wasLevel 8 Texas State All Around Champion in 2015-2016. She broke her ankle December, 2016 and was unable to compete most of the 2016-2017 season but, she petitioned to compete at Regionals and after only four weeks back she was able to place 14th AA, qualifying for Westerns, and then place 8th AA at Westerns. 2017-2018 was a breakout year. Competing at Level 9, Kendall placed 1st AA in 4 of 6 regular season meets including Chows Challenge and the Biles Invitational. Plus, she won 1st AA at the Texas State Meet, 2nd AA at Regionals and 1st AA at Western National Championships for a total of 6 (of 9) 1st place AA titles.
Daisy took her very first steps on a spring floor when she was a baby. She began her official gymnastics training at a YMCA in Northeast Wisconsin at 18 months old. When her family relocated to Texas in 2014, she was extremely fortunate to find Texas Best and Coach/Owner Tricia Guertel. Under the guidance of Tricia and Coach Alex, Daisy has excelled in both compulsory and optional competition. She is a consistent gymnast in both skills and scores. She is always working on upgrades and is looking forward to competing at higher levels. Daisy especially loves performing and finishing with a smile. She loves being with her teammates, both in and out of the gym. Daisy is honored to be nominated for Gymnast of the Year!
When I was 5 years old, I watched Gabby Douglas compete in the 2012 Olympics. I was mesmerized, from that day on I have dreamed of the Olympics. I am the youngest of 5 children, and began telling my siblings I was going to the Olympics. To get support from my family and friends I taught myself to do back handsprings and aerials. A few years later my parents took me serious and signed me up for recreational class at a local gym. After a few months, my mom decided I needed to be challenged more. She researched other gyms in the state and took me to North Stars where I began competing in less than 6 months. I competed level 4 successful, and became state champ on floor exercise and second overall. The following year I switched gyms and went to MG Elite, where I competed level 7 and finished 3rd overall at states. My third year competing has been the best by far. I successfully competed level 8, accomplishing several amazing goals this year. I managed to score a 39.025 at the Parkettes Invitational I came in 1st place on vault, floor and bars and 3rd on beam and 1st overall. Woga Classic was another exceptional meet, I scored 38.925 and came in 1st on every event. My other meets were equally as exciting I scored 38's at all with the exception of 1, and placed 1st or 2nd overall at every meet. My first visit to Regional's was absolutely amazing I finished 1st on vault, beam and floor, and second overall. My proudest moment is ranking 2nd and 4th on America's top 100 level 8 gymnast. I am extremely honored to be a contender for gymnast of the year!
Hi! My name is Madelyn Williams and I am a Sr. Elite at San Mateo Gymnastics in Belmont, Ca. I placed fifth on bars at the US Classic this season and qualified to the US Championships but unfortunately couldn’t compete due to injury. I am verbally committed to the University of California, Berkeley on a full athletic scholarship. I am so grateful to be nominated for this award. Thank you!
Tiana is 11 years old and currently preparing for Level 10 and Hopes season. She started gymnastics at 6yrs old. She is training at San Mateo gymnastics in Belmont CA. She has won the NorCal state Championship 5 times in a row. Past season she competed Level 8 and won both State and Regional Championship. Tiana also qualified to Hopes 10-11 and competed in both American classic and GK U.S Classic.
Ashlee started gymnastics in a mom and tot class when she was 18 months old. Full of energy and never afraid to try something new, she quickly advanced and started competing Level 3 at age 6 with Texas Champion Gymnastics. She won 2nd All Around at North State. She then competed Level 4 and qualified for State. Coaches Anatoli Toropov and Gelena Helen Verucchi saw potential for advancement and started training her. In March 2015, she competed one meet during off season for Level 5, skipped Level 6, and started training Level 7. While in Level 7, Ashlee achieved Texas State Champion on Vault, Bars and All Around. After the season, although she loved her coaches, she decided to change gyms. She realized that gymnastics was something she wanted to pursue seriously and decided to set her goal for elite. Ashlee was lucky to find the perfect fit at World Olympic Gymnastics Academy (WOGA). The moment she stepped into the gym she was mesmerized by seeing past Olympians on the wall that had trained there. It was then that she realized her dream could truly become a reality with the help of the best coaches: Egor Grebenkova, Megan Haught and Nataliya Marakova.
Her Level 8 season was the best by far. She scored her first 10.0 on bars at the City of Lights Invitational in Orlando, Florida and obtained the title Texas State Champion on Bars, Floor and All Around with a 39.000. Unfortunately, at Regionals, she rolled her ankle during her floor routine and was unable to continue competing. In 2018, Ashlee started her level 9 season at the California Grand Invitational where she won 1st on Bars; Texas Prime, 1st on Beam and 2nd AA; Buckeye Classic, 1st on Vault, Beam and Floor and 1st AA; WOGA Classic, 1st Vault Bars and 2nd AA. Due to an injury, she was unable to attend Texas State Championship and petitioned into Region 3 where she won silver on bars.0
After her level 9 season, Ashlee was selected to travel to Netherlands to compete at the International Ascension Gymnastics Competition with her WOGA teammates. Team WOGA took home gold. A week later, she completed in the Auburn National Elite qualifier. She earned her HOPES score for compulsory and optional. She is currently training for the 2018 HOPES Classic in Salt Lake City, Utah.1
Hi, I’m Whitney Bjerken and I am a level 10/training elite gymnast at Georgia Elite Gymnastics. I have spent all of 2018 in the gym recovering and rehabilitating after having surgery on my right elbow for osteochondritis dissecans. "You may see me struggle but you will NEVER see me QUIT."
Victoria Cluck was born in 2004 in Plano, Texas. Victoria got her start in gymnastics when her mom saw an invitation for the grand opening of the WOGA Frisco gym. Victoria and her family attended the open house and Victoria became one of WOGA Frisco’s first enrollees at just three years-old. Shortly after, Victoria was invited to join the team program. Victoria began competing in fall 2012 as a level 4. Victoria’s first meet of her 2018 level 9 season was the California Grand Invitational where she won the vault title. Victoria remained undefeated on vault throughout the regular season and at the Texas Level 9 State Championships, she won the vault, bars and all-around titles. At the Region 3 Championships, Victoria won the bars and all-around titles and qualified to the Western National Championships. Victoria had another great meet at Westerns, winning vault and taking home the bronze medal in the all-around. Shortly after her level 9 season concluded, Victoria went on to compete in her first international elite competition at the International Acension Gymnastics competition in the Netherlands. Victoria had a great meet and posted the highest beam score in the junior elite session. Currently, Victoria trains 35 hours per week under coaches Sonia Haiou and Adam Duncan at WOGA Frisco. Victoria will make her Level 10 debut in the 2019 season. In the future, Victoria’s goal is to qualify elite and earn a college scholarship to a top Division 1 gymnastics program.
Coaches: Vanessa Gonzalez, Perry Davies, Taylor Jacob
Graduating Year: 2024
Emma is 12 years old and in the 7th grade. She is training level 10 at Azarian Gymnastics. She competed level 9 last year in addition to qualifying HOPES. She had a great level 9 season qualifying to Region 1 Westerns Championships where she placed 2AA while also winning both Beam and Bars. She also qualified both compulsory and optionals at the Desert Lights Fiesta Bowl. Unfortunately due to an injury she was unable to attend the Hopes Classic. Thank you for nominating me in the Top 100 for Gymnast of the Year!
Hi! I am Alexis Jeffrey and I am an elite level gymnast from GAGE. Last season, at level 10, I was the national champion in the All-around and on bars. I also qualified for elite and competed at the American Classic and US Classic. At the US Classic my qualifying score gave me a berth to the 2018 US Championships in Boston. There I Placed 9th in the all-around and 8th on the floor. I have also verbally committed to UCLA for the 2021-2022 season! Go Bruins!! I am very thankful and humbly honored to be nominated into the top 100 athletes for 2018! This sport is my passion. I want to show all athletes that you can accomplish all your goals and dreams with hard work and dedication.
I am a 14-year-old gymnast competing Level 10 at MG Elite in Morganville, New Jersey. This past year I lived away from home with a host family because my family lived on Long Island and I believed that the coaches and gymnasts at MG Elite would help me achieve my personal best. I pride myself on being dedicated and determined in everything I do, so this decision did not surprise my family. It was hard living away from home, but it was worth it. I had a great season, thanks to my coaches, Maggie and Vicky, who truly know how to bring the best out of me.
I continue to upgrade all my skills and work hard to keep getting better. I especially love bars where my goal is to get a 10.0 and to be one of the best on bars in the country.
I have been very fortunate to have had many successful years in gymnastics. In 2015, I was Level 8 Region 6 Champion and placed first in all 4 events. I was also chosen to attend many Elite Developmental Camps. In prior years, I was also Level 7 All Around, Beam and Floor Champ and Level 6 All Around and bars champ. I have verbally committed to UCLA for the class of 2022/23 and can’t wait to be a Bruin!
I am very lucky to be surrounded by great coaches, family and friends that support my passion. Thank you for nominating me for the Top 100 Gymnast of the Year.
Lily is 12 years old and in the 7th grade. She will be entering her second season as a level 10 in 2019 and will also be attempting to qualify as a Junior Elite. This past year she competed as a first year level 10 while also competing in her first season of HOPES. She won the all around title at her first two meets as a level 10 (The Gopher Invite and the Chows Winter Classic). At her first level 10 state meet she placed 3rd in the all around and qualified to Region 4 Regionals. At regionals she placed 3rd in the all around again and earned her spot at level 10 Nationals! At her first ever level 10 Nationals she placed 5th in the all around, with a score of 37.775. She earned her HOPES compulsory qualifier score at her first national qualifier, the City of Lights meet in Orlando, Florida. She earned her HOPES optional qualifier score at the Auburn elite qualifier meet in Tacoma, Washington. Having earned both her optional and compulsory qualifier scores qualified her to compete in the HOPES Classic meet in Salt Lake City, Utah. At the HOPES Classic meet she placed 2nd in the all around with a score of 51.050, this qualified her to compete in the HOPES Championship meet in Columbus, Ohio. At the HOPES Championship meet she placed 4th in the all around with a score of 50.20 and was named to the HOPES National Team. Lily's journey to becoming an elite gymnast started when she was 8 years old. She began competing as a level 3 when she was 8 years old, she then competed as a level 4 when she was 9 years old, then as a level 5 and 7 when she was 10 years old. She competed as a level 8 when she was 11 years old, when she was a part of the Minnesota Super 8 Team. She scored out of level 9 when she was 12 years old. So in just 4 short years she went from a level 3 to a level 10/HOPES gymnast. She trains a maximum of 25 hours per week. She is still enrolled in public school and hopes to continue to be in public school for as long as possible.
Kennedy Cochran is 11 years old and currently training level 9 at Gold Medal Gymnastics in Chandler, Arizona. She began competing level 3 in 2014. Kennedy has placed at state every year she has competed and taken home 1st place AA in 2017 as a level 6 and 2018 as a level 8. At the end of her level 8 season, Kennedy was selected to be a member of the Level 8, 2018 Arizona State Team. Kennedy placed 1st with a 9.700 on floor at the 2018 Regional Championships. She is very excited for this upcoming season and the opportunity to be considered as 2018 Gymnast of the Year.
I am a level 10 gymnast at Galaxy Gymnastics in New York. My coaches are Jamie Winkler, Sasha Miretsky, Galina and Sergei Petrouniak. I started gymnastics when I was 3 years old. My daycare was in my gym, so I always went to watch the older girls practice. My dream was to practice with them so one day my mom signed me up for gymnastics classes. I quickly began to love the sport, from swinging on the bars, to walking on the beam. I was eventually invited to be on the gymnastics team. I remember my first level 4 competition because I received my first ever medal. I won some competitions, and I also lost some, but that made me a stronger gymnast overall. Step by step, level by level I began to compete level 10. My last season in level 10, was my best season. This past season, I was the New York State Champion and Regional Champion. At the 2018 Junior Olympic National Championships I placed 2nd on beam, 6th on floor, 7th on bars and 9th place all around, but the biggest win for me was Region 6 placing 3rd all around. Also, this season I received a full scholarship to UIC to continue my academic and gymnastics career. I cannot believe that I was nominated for Gymnast of the Year for 2018. I am extremely looking forward to have my first season as a college gymnast!
Coaches: Rick Watson, Stephanie Calvert, Tom Wakeling, Whitney Watson, Hayley Watson
Graduating Year: 2022
Thu is 14 year old gymnast at wildfire gymnastics in Lake Forest, CA and is training level 10. She started gymnastics at about 6 years old and entered competitive gymnastics at the age of 10. Not only is Thu in gymnastics, but her younger sister is also a competitive gymnast as well. She also attends a public school and trains 6 days a week. She has four other siblings and is the second youngest in the family. Thu first enrolled in recreational classes at a small rec center near by. She then found her passion for gymnastics on her first day of class. As an infant she has always been full of energy so we decided to put her in many different types of sports such as dance, swimming, and soccer and she finally found what she loved to do, gymnastics. In the future, Thu hopes to compete as a collegiate gymnast and perform to the best of her ability and major in biology or exercise science to become a physical therapist as her future career. Some of her accomplishments this year include: Westerns Qualifier - 2018, Westerns floor champion, (2nd all around, 2nd beam, 2nd floor) - 2018 level 8-10 regional championships, (3rd beam) - 2018 state championships.
Zanna started gymnastics at 10 years old. At age 5, she was enrolled in recreational gymnastics for about 2 months, but decided to focus on beauty pageants. From the cheer floor to the gymnastics floor was a dream that was inspired by Gabby Douglas. Coming from 1 lb 12 oz at birth to 112 lbs now, Zanna has shown her strength to be able to fight through the toughest times. While enjoying competing all 4 events, the floor exercise is her favorite because it allows her to show her personality and to have fun. Hard work , dedication, and her love for floor exercise rewarded her to be #1 in the America's Top 100 Level 9 Floor Score (9.850) in 2018. Also, in 2018 at Level 9 Western Championships, she placed 2nd on vault, floor, and All Around and 1st on beam. For level 8 in 2017, she was the Texas State Champion for vault and placed 2nd All Around. Three years in a row (2014-2016), she was Floor Champion and All Around Champion at Texas State Championships.
I've been doing gymnastics for the past ten years of my life! I am 16, a Sophmore in High School and live in Boerne, Texas. I train at Crossfire Gymnastics. My small gym means the world to me. I hope to be the first collegiate gymnast at my hometown gym. This past year I have had a very successful season as a level 9. I qualified to compete at Westerns. I also received first on beam and All-Around at State and Regionals. I plan on to compete level 10 this upcoming season and I am so excited. Gymnastics has been a rock for me. It has taught me to work hard and I am so grateful for the opportunities it has given me.
Coaches: Head Coach Alisha Robinson, Terin Humphrey, Jay Becker
Graduating Year: 2020
Hi, I'm Kyra! I started gymnastics at 3 years old at the YMCA in Joplin, MO where I started competing in a YMCA League at age 5. After moving to Kansas City, I started competing USAG Level 4 at age 6. In 2018 I finished my 4th year as a Level 10. Some of my Level 10 accomplishments include : JO National Qualifier - 2015 (NIT), 2016 (9th Vault), 2017 (5th Beam, 8th Vault, 18th AA), 2018 (1st Bars, 6th Beam, 1st AA); 2018 JO National Team Member; 2018 Region 4 Vault, Beam and AA Champion. I am verbally committed to the University of Missouri (Go Tigers!) on a full ride scholarship beginning in 2020-2021. After college I want to go into the medical profession (and maybe coach gymnastics too). I currently work at my gym as a Girls Instructional and Excel Coach and I also help with floor choreography for the Excel Program. In my spare time I love to draw, make Pinterest crafts, spend time with friends and family and watch Netflix - especially Grey's Anatomy. Gymnastics has given me so many opportunities (like this one!) and I can't wait to see what the future holds! Last season was amazing and I am ready for the next one!
Hi! My name is Alessandra Tuozzolo and I am 13 years old. I am currently training level 10 at Elite Gymnastics Academy in South Florida. I train under the coaches Andreina Angulo and Geobanis Santos. During the 2017 gymnastics season, I was in level 8. I won 1st place on Bars and All around. I also made it to the State Team. This past season, I competed in the Regional Championships taking home 1st place on Bars,All Around, and 2nd place on Vault. Later in the season, I participated in the Eastern National Championships in Rochester, New York , where I obtained the All Around National Champion title. Making it to the Eastern National Championships was a dream come true and winning the All Around was the most amazing experience in my entire life so far.
I am a Junior at Boone High School in Orlando and a level 10 gymnast at Orlando Metro. I won the level 10 State Championship on bars in 2018 and was also the All Around champion finishing 2nd on beam and floor, and 3rd on vault with a 38.35. I finished 12th at Nationals in 2018.
Hanh started as a dancer at the age of four. After being a competitive dancer for couple years, it was decided for her to take a tumbling class during the summer to help with balance and strength. Hanh quickly fell in love with gymnastics and was invited to join the compulsory team at Sokol Elite, at the age of 7. After finishing up her dance season, Hanh made the switch to gymnastics full time and began competing the following year, in September 2013, as a level 3. Hanh was consistently in the top 3 in all her levels. Her personal best was a perfect 10 score on floor with an AA of 39.425 in level 7. Hanh also went on to winning the bars, vault, floor and AA titles at the Region 1 Championships for level 8 last year. She plans to qualify for HOPES and continue pursuing her goals for a Division 1 scholarship.
I am a rising Level 10 gymnast at AIM Athletics in The Woodlands, Texas. My family and I moved to Texas from North Carolina in 2016. I was blessed to find an amazing gym and Coaches at AIM. My Level 9 year far exceeded my expectations. Winning Beam and AA, 38.425, I was excited to work hard towards regionals. After hard work and focus I headed to Regionals excited. Winning Floor, Vault and AA, 38.750, were such a great accomplishment. I ended my season in Utah at Western Nationals. Winning Vault and AA, 37.950. I have been working hard in the "off season" on my Level 10 skills and AIMing high to prepare for Developmental Camp in October 2018. I am the oldest of 3 girls in my family and I have 2 dogs. When I'm not in the gym I love to hang with my family and dogs.
I began gymnastics when I was 3 years old. My first experience with gymnastics was at 1st Class in Maryland taking recreational classes. When I was 5, I switched to a gym close to home and started competing level 4 at the age of 6. When I was 7 I switched to Win Win gymnastics in Odenton and competed levels 5, 6 and 7. In 2014 I ended up back at 1st Class for my level 8,9 and first season of level 10. Last season I switched gyms once more and now train at 1st State Gymnastics in Delaware as a second year level 10. In 2016-2017 I competed HOPES Optional and level 10 and qualified to the HOPES Championships in Chicago and the Level 10 JO National Championships where I won gold on the uneven bars. This season I qualified to the Level 10 Regional Championships and JO National Championships again and this time I brought home a silver medal on bars and an All-Around high score for this competition. In January I qualified Junior Elite and went to the American Classic in July where I qualified to the US Championships in August. I am excited to continue my gymnastics career as a Junior Elite and will miss competing as a level 10. My dream is to go to the Olympics and I am one step closer! I love gymnastics so much and hope to continue to improve and be the best elite gymnast I can be!