2017 International Gymnast Magazine Gymnast of the Year Top 25 Nominees

After much consideration and deliberation, we have finally announced our Top 25 gymnasts for the 2017 International Gymnast Magazine Gymnast of the Year Award. In consideration for this prestigious award, all of our top 45 nominees were closely looked at and everything was a factor from your votes to videos and from the feedback we heard from the coaches and gymnasts themselves while also seeing the athletes’ incredible performances throughout the 2017 season. We will be announcing the top 10 gymnasts and our Gymnast of the Year at the event in Oklahoma City and we congratulate all gymnasts nominated on their hard work and incredible accomplishments. See you all in OKC!

Aleah Finnegan

The sister of London 2012 alternate Sarah Finnegan and committed to LSU just like her elder sibling, Aleah Finnegan out of GAGE in Missouri is a beautiful gymnast, with her elegant lines on balance beam her signature. Finnegan posted her season-high all-around score at her final meet of the 2017 season, winning first all-around at JO Nationals with an impressive 38.300 overall and a second place finish on the vault and balance beam as well. Finnegan is 14 years old and from St. Louis, Missouri.

Amoree Lockhart (2020)

- Beatrice Mihaila, April Pyle and Chris Brashier

Amoree fell in love with gymnastics at an early age. While her mom worked in the front office of a local gymnastics club, Amoree would be in the gym flipping on and off the equipment, and learned a back handspring when she was just three years old. By age 4, she was on the competitive team. Since then Amoree continued to reach or surpass her gymnastics goals, winning the All Around at JO Nationals in 2016 and most recently verbally committing to the University of Oklahoma on a gymnastics scholarship.

Ashlee Sullivan (2025 )

WOGA - Megan Haught, Nataliya Marakova, Josh Jefferis

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 ...

Bailey Ferrer aka. Lil' Ninja (2019)

Gymnastics USA - Ray Gnat & Mikara Steinburg

Now at the age of sixteen, she is one of the youngest gymnasts to garner such an extensive list of accomplishments. Bailey won the Florida Level 10 Optional State Meet at 10 years old. In the same year she qualified as a Junior Elite and spent the next five years of her career attending the Olympic Training Center in Texas during camp weeks. In 2014, Bailey qualified for the American Classics, the Secret Classics and then went on to give a great showing at that year's P&G Championships. Following P&G's Bailey verballed to LSU, accepting a full...

Baylie Belman (2025)

WOGA - Megan Haught, Josh Jefferis, Nataliya Marakova

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 e...

Chloe Widner (2019)

- Kim Zmeskal-Burdette and Chris Burdette

2017 was Chloe's 3rd season as a level 10 gymnast. She trains at Texas Dreams Gymnastics under coaches Kim Zmeskal-Burdette and Chris Burdette. In 2017, Chloe was the Texas State AA champion, Region 3 AA champion, JO National floor champion, and was named to the JO National team for the 2nd year in a row. Chloe was also honored with the 2017 Texas USAG Optional Athlete of the Year award at the state banquet in July. Chloe is a junior in high school and is verbally committed to the University of Arizona. She lives in Frisco, Texas with her pare...

Courtney McCann (2023)

- Yevgeny Marchenko, Sonia Haiou and Adam Duncan

Hello, my name is Courtney McCann, nickname Court Short. I recently turned 12 years old, and I am training level 9 at WOGA Gymnastics under the direction of Yevgeny Marchenko, Sonia Haiou and Adam Duncan in Frisco, TX. I spend 7-8 hours/day training not only level 9 skills but also Olympic style skills. My favorite thing about gymnastics is learning new skills, and being with my teammates and coaches every day. Teamwork at WOGA is the key for all of us to reach our goals. I will be in the 7th grade 2017-2018, and taking advanced High School cl...

Cristal Isa (2018)

- Cassie Rice and Jill Preston

Cristal started at Gymcats when she was 6, and has worked with Cassie Rice and Jill Preston through her whole career. She has had a great gymnastics career in every event, and in 2017, won the AA at all her regular meets. She also was the highest Level 10 score at the Lady Luck meet in Las Vegas and qualified to the Nastia Cup. At the 2017 Nevada State meet, she won all events and the AA with a 38.375, and continued to do a great job at the Region 1 Championships with 2nd place AA, and is the regional bar champion. At the 2017 JO Nationals, sh...

Farah Lipetz (2022)

- Tammy Marshall

Hi! My name is Farah Lipetz and I'm a level 10/Elite gymnast training at Infiniti Elite in NY. I started gymnastics at 5 years old because my mom said I couldn't sit still......I loved it from that second on. I've had a really awesome career up until this point, but my proudest moments were this year when I won 1st AA in the Maccabi Worlds qualifier, 1st AA in my Hopes Elite qualifier, 1st AA at Regionals, NY State beam champion and 2nd AA, 8th place AA at the JO Women's Nationals and 3rd AA nationally on beam, finally getting to end the seaso...

Hailey Clark (2022)

Orlando Metro Gymnastics - Jason Rawlings and Carrie Loeser

I am currently training level 9 at Orlando Metro Gymnastics in Central Florida. I am a straight A student in all honors classes and also a member of the National Junior Honor Society. As a level 8 gymnast in 2017, my scores were listed in Americas Top 100 for vault(5x), uneven bars(2x), floor exercise(1x), and all-around(3x). I qualified to the Region 8 Championships and won the all-around title with a 38.600, while also earning gold medals on vault, uneven bars and balance beam and a bronze medal on floor exercise. I love the uneven bars and ...

Hailey John (2022)

Orlando Metro Gymnastics - Jeff Wood & Christi Mitchell

Hailey is currently training Level 10/ELITE at Orlando Metro Gymnastics in Orlando, Florida. She trains under Head Coach Jeff Wood and Christi Mitchell. 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 ...

Hunter Dula (2018)

All American Gymnastics - Dawn Johnson and Jimmy Pratt

Hunter Dula is a level 10 gymnast competing for All American Gymnastics. She moved to Utah from North Carolina in October 2016. Two weeks after arriving, she broke her foot and was in a boot until the first week of January 2017. Hunter competed bars her first few meets of the season and then went on to place first All Around at the Utah State Championships (38.275) and 6th at Region 1 Regionals (38.0). She finished the season with a 10th place finish AA at Nationals (37.775) and 11th on bars and beam. Hunter will be joining the University of U...

Kaliya 'Liya' Lincoln (2024)

Airborne Gymnastics, Ca - Cale Robinson & Krystal Van Buuren

Kaliya Lincoln, also known as 'Liya', is a Level 10 gymnast from Airborne Gymnastics in Santa Clara, California.

Kylee Burton (2022)

Metroplex Gymnastics - Kambri Hoffman, Justin Lea

Hi, I'm Kylee Burton from Metroplex Gymnastics in Allen, TX. I am currently a level 10 and I am in 8th grade attending PCAplus online. I love spending time with my family, friends, and dog! I train 31 hours a week with my teammates/best friends! Last season as a level 9, I finished first in the all around at the Texas State Championships with a 38.775. I also placed first on beam with a 9.725. I went to compete regionals, winning floor with a 9.575. After qualifying to J.O. Western Nationals, I competed in the JR 5 category, placing 2nd on vau...

Leanne Wong (2021)

- Al Fong and Armine Barutyan

Another talented GAGE gymnast, Leanne Wong enjoyed an impressive 2017, saving her best gymnastics for the end of the season. Wong scored a season-best 38.075 all-around score to take second at regionals, including second place finishes on vault and uneven bars, first on balance beam, and third on floor exercise, an impressive competition no doubt. Wong followed it up with an amazing performance at JO Nationals, winning first all-around there before later qualifying elite at the Parkette’s Elite Qualifier.

Madison Raesly-Patton aka MiRP (2022)

Texas Dreams - Marcus Harlin, Alicia Goodwin, Kim Zmeskal-Burdette

Madison Raesly-Patton was born on July 17, 2004 to Amanda and Shea Patton. Madison began gymnastics at the age of 9 when she took an introductory class at WOGA Frisco. On the second day of practice, Madison was moved up to the intermediate level, and by the third day she was moved up to the advanced level. By January 2014 at age 9, Madison competed one meet of level 3 in the TAAF program with Iarov Elite Gymnastics. After one meet of level 3, Madison moved up to level 4. In the Fall 2014 season, Madison competed level 5 and in the Spring of 20...

Margie Navarro (2021 )

Sokol Elite Gymnastics Chino, CA - Vladimir Ivanov and Tatiana Lonskaya

Hi my name is Margie and I started gymnastics when I was 8 years old. Strength doesn't come from what you can do. It comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn't. This year has been the hardest year mentally and physically. I love to challenge myself and brave my fears. Not sure that I have a favorite event, and vault has never been my friend; however I am working hard to see some improvement on beam and bars. After ripping two tendons in my wrist just before Regionals, I am proud of earing 2nd All Around at Regionals. This ...

Myli Lew (2025)

San Mateo Gymnastics - Armen Astoian and Oksana Bystrova

At the age of 4.5 year's old, Myli Lew was put into the Hot Shot's group and was doing 3 hours of gymnastics a week. She was slowly learning TOPs skills. At the age of 6, Myli began competing level 3 where she made the NorCal South State Team 2nd place all around. Myli made TOP's Diamond Team in 2014 and was also on the NorCal South State Champion for Level 4 placing 1st all around. After competing level 4, Myli competed one level 5 meet off season. She was the only level 5 off season gymnast to compete from her gym and won 1st place all aroun...

November Lenz ( 2023)

Dynamo - Tulsa, OK - Jon Lee, Mary Greene, & Rachel York-Hodgkins

November Lenz is a Level 10 gymnast for Dynamo in Tulsa, OK. The past year, during the 2017 Season, November competed Level 9. During her 2017 campaign, she was the 2017 Oklahoma State Level 9 Jr 2 Champion, finished 1st AA at the 2017 Region III Championships in the Level 9 Jr 2 division, and concluded her season with 2nd AA at the 2017 Westerns Level 9 Jr 2 competition. The highest score she recorded during the season was a 38.650AA at the Metroplex Challenge in Texas, which was the highest Level 9 score at the event. Inclusive of the aforem...

Olivia Fosbenner (2023)

Edmond Gymnastics Academy - Deana Martinez Lee

Hi! I am Olivia and I am a Level 9 gymnast at Edmond Gymnastics Academy (EGA) in Edmond, OK. In 2017, I was the Level 8, Region 3 floor champion and finished second on beam and third all-around as well as being the Oklahoma state all-around, beam and floor champion and third place finisher on bars. I was also a member of the Oklahoma Level 7 Judges Cup Team that won the National Judges Cup Team Invitational in 2017. I attend Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School where I am a member of National Junior Honor Society. I have one brother, Isia...

Piper Slocum (2024)

AIM Athletics - Debbie Katischuck and Deana Parish

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 ...

Rachael Lukacs

Rachael Lukacs is a level 10 gymnast from North Stars Gymnastics in New Jersey.

Reese Borrell (2024)

- Julia and Barry Coss

I began my gymnastics career at the age of 4. I am being trained under the guidance of Julia and Barry Coss at Rochester Gymnastics Academy in Rochester, NY. I went on to qualify for TOPS 3 times, and made it to Developmental in 2015. Unfortunately, I broke my arm in 2015, had 3 surgeries and did not compete for the 2015-2016 season. I came back strong in the 2016-2017 season. Winning New York State Championships All Around with an overall score of 38.675, first place on vault, beam, and floor also winning Region 6 level 8 Regional Championshi...

Sophia Esposito- Phoenix Gymnastics, NY (2023)

- Zvonimir Bosnjak and Tatiana Abramova

Sophia began competing in gymnastics at the the age of 5. She is a Level 9 gymnast currently training for Level 10 this coming year(2017-2018). Her favorite event is Vault and she loves flipping where ever she can. Sophia trains at Phoenix Gymnastics in Old Bethpage, NY five days a week with her teammates. Besides Gymnastics, her passions are art, traveling, and being a social butterfly. She ended her year with great success. She came in 1st place AA at States, Regionals and Nationals (level 9). She continues working towards her goals and beco...

Zia Willett (2025)

Carolina Gymnastics - Anna Sexton

Zia is a 10-year-old level 9 gymnast training for HOPES Elite. At age 6 she competed as a level 3 gymnast in Louisiana winning the state competition. The following season, Zia competed as a level 7 gymnast winning the Louisiana state competition and 13 at her first regional meet. During the 2016-2017 season, she won the level 8 Fruge award as the all-around winner at the Louisiana state competition and 4th place at Regionals. Zia attended 3 developmental invite camps during her career. Zia transition to Columbia, SC June 2017 due to her mother...


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