Who To Watch At the US Olympic Gymnastics Trials

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Finally, after a long awaited extra year, it’s almost time for the US Women’s Olympic Gymnastics Trials! The extra year proved to be hard for everyone, but there were both pros and cons for gymnasts who were hoping to earn a spot on the 2020 US Olympic Gymnastics Team. Some gymnasts were in their prime in 2020 while some benefited from the extra year of training. Regardless of whether the extra year was a pro or con for the amazing gymnasts hoping to make the 2021 Olympic Team for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, we wanted to give a rundown of some of the top contenders to keep an eye on.ย  Check out our list of gymnasts to watch!

Simone Biles

 

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Hometown: Spring, TX
Gym:
World Champions Centre
Coach:
Laurent Landi
Age:
24
Height:
4’8″
Events to compete:
All
Why she is one to watch:
She’s Simone Biles of course ๐Ÿ˜‰ย 
Most impressive accomplishments:
*30 Olympic & World Championship medals – the 3rd most decorated gymnast
*2015 Team USA Female Olympic Athlete of the Year
*4 skills named after her

Jordan Chiles

 

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Hometown: Vancouver, WA
Gym:
World Champions Centre
Coach:
Laurent Landi
Age:
20
Height:
5’5″
Events to compete:
All
Why she is one to watch:
She has done really well in meets leading up to trials
Most impressive accomplishments:
*2021 Winter Cup All-Around, Vault & Floor champion and Silver medalist on beam
*2018 US Vault silver medalist
*2017 US All-Around silver medalist

Sunisa Lee

 

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Hometown: St.Paul, MN
Gym:
Midwest Gymnastics Center
Coach: Jeff Graba
Age: 18
Height:
5’0″
Events to compete:
All
Why she is one to watch:
2021 US Championships All-Around Silver medalist
Most impressive accomplishments:
*2021 Winter Cup bars champion and beam silver medalist
*3 medals at Gymnastics National Championships and national title on bars
*2019 World Championships silver medalist all-around, floor and bronze medalist on beam

Jade Carey

 

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Hometown: Phoenix, AZ
Gym:
Arizona Sunrays
Coach:
Brian Carey
Age:
21
Height:
5’2″
Events to compete:
All
Why she is one to watch:
Already has a spot guaranteed on Olympic team and is working hard to earn a team spot
Most impressive accomplishments:
*2021 Winter Cup silver medalist on vault
*2017 & 2019 Vault World silver medalist
*2018 Pan America Champion
*2017 US National champion

Riley McCusker

 

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Hometown: Brielle, NJ
Gym:
Arizona Sunrays
Coach:
Brian Carey
Age:
19
Height:
5’1″
Events to compete:
Bars
Why she is one to watch:
National bars champion and has a chance to earn a specialist spot
Most impressive accomplishments:
*5x member of the US Women’s National Gymnastics Team (2016-present)
*2019 Pan America Games & 2017 US National Bar champion

Kara Eaker

 

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Hometown: Grain Valley, MO
Gym:
Great American Gymnastics Express
Coach:
Al Fong
Age:
18
Height:
5’0″
Events to compete:
All
Why she is one to watch:
Has 2 gold medals under her belt
Most impressive accomplishments:
*US Women’s National Team since 2017
*2019 Gold All-Around team and 4th on beam
*2019 Pan America 2x US national silver medalist
*2018 Pan America beam champion

Leanne Wong

 

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Hometown: Overland Park, KS
Gym:
Great American Gymnastics Express
Coach:
Al Fong
Age:
17
Height:
5’1″
Events to compete:
All
Why she is one to watch:
Has been doing well and is a strong gymnast
Most impressive accomplishments:
*National Team member 2017-present
*2021 American Classic gold medalist on vault, silver all-around medalist, bronze medalist on bars and 6th place (T) on floor
*2021 GK Classic beam silver medalist, 5th place (T) on floor, 6th place all-around,
*2018 National Junior All-Around champion, 2019 American Cup champion

Grace McCallum

 

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Hometown: Isanti, MN
Gym:
Twin City Twisters
Coach:
Sarah Jantzi
Age:
19
Height:
5’0″
Events to compete:
All
Why she is one to watch:
She has defied the odds more than once and is determined
Most impressive accomplishments:
*2021 GK US Classic 4th All-Around, 5th on beam and floor (T)
*2018 & 2019 World Team champion and 2019 All-Around bronze medalist

MyKayla Skinner

Hometown: Gilbert, AZ
Gym:
Desert Lights Gymnastics
Coach:
Lisa Spini
Age:
24
Height:
5’0″
Events to compete:
All
Why she is one to watch:
Making comeback after having COVID & pneumonia in January 2021ย 
Most impressive accomplishments:
*2021 GK US Classic gold medalist on vault
*2019 made elite comeback
*2016 Olympic Alternate, 2014 World Championships Vault bronze medalist & 4th place on floor
*10 medals at USA Gymnastics National Championships

Kayla DiCello

 

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Hometown: Boyds, MD
Gym:
Hills Gymnastics
Coach:
Kelli Hill
Age:
17
Height:
5’5″
Events to compete:
All
Why she is one to watch:
Did really well at the GK Classic this year
Most impressive accomplishments:
*2021 US floor exercise silver medalist
*2021 GK Classic bronze medalist all-around, gold medalist on bars, bronze medalist on floor and tied 9th place on beam
*2020 American Cup silver medalist
*2019 Junior National All-Around Champion and the only gymnast that qualified on all 4 events
*2019 Junior World Champion on vault

Emma Malabuyo

 

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Hometown: Milpitas, CA
Gym:
Texas Dreams Gymnastics
Coach:
Kim Zmeskal
Age:
18
Height:
Unavailable
Events to compete:
All
Why she is one to watch:
Did well at the US Gymnastics Championships
Most impressive accomplishments:
*3x member of the US National Team
*US Gymnastics Championships 4th place All-Around, 6th place on beam, 7th place bars and floor
*2021 GK US Classic 7th place on bars
*2021 Winter Cup 6th place beam
*2017 P&G Championships gold medalist on floor, silver medalist all-around, bronze medalist on bars, 4th place on beam

Skye Blakley

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Hometown: Frisco, TX
Gym:
World Olympic Gymnastics Academy
Coach:
Tatyana Shadenko
Age:
16
Height:
Unavailable
Events to compete:
All
Why she is one to watch:
Did well at the US Gymnastics Championships and did well at the junior level
Most impressive accomplishments:
*US Women’s National Team 2018-present
*Junior World Championships bronze medalist
*2021 Winter Cup beam champion
*2021 GK Classic bronze medalist on bars, 7th place all-around and tied 7th place on floor
*2021 American Classic gold medalist all-around, silver medalist on beam, 4th place on vault, bars and floor *2020 Gymnix International silver medalist on vault, bars and beam and bronze medalist on floor
*2019 US Gymnastics Championships silver medalist (T) on beam, bronze medalist on floor, 4th place all-around, 6th place vault (T) and 8th place on bars

Morgan Hurd

Update: Morgan Hurd will not be competing at Olympic Trials after finishing 23rd on Floor and 26th on Beam at Nationals. She underwent elbow surgery just 3 months prior.ย 

 

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Hometown: Middletown, DE
Gym:
First State Gymnastics
Coach:
Slava Glazounov
Age:
19
Height:
4’9″
Events to compete:
N/A
Why she is one to watch:
She’s awesome and despite the challenges she has had in the meets leading up to the trials, she’s a World Champion gymnast
Most impressive accomplishments:
*4x US Women’s National Team
*2018 World All-Around bronze medalist, floor silver medalist, 2x American Cup Champion
*2017 World All-Around Champion and silver medalist on beam

Laurie Hernandez

Update: Laurie Hernandez will not be competing at Olympic Trials after hyperextending her knee during Beam warm-ups at nationals.ย 

 

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Hometown: Old Bridge, NJ
Gym:
Gym-Max Gymnastics
Coach:
Jenny Liang
Age:
20
Height:
5’1″
Events to compete:
N/A
Why she is one to watch:
Despite having to withdraw from the US Championships, she can still petition to compete at the Olympic Trials
Most impressive accomplishments:
*2016 Olympic silver medalist on beam and bronze medalist for all-around, beam and floor,
*2012-2016 US National Team member
*2016 Dancing with the Stars champion

Who to watch at the Olympic trials

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10 comments… add one
  • Ashley Crowder June 20, 2021, 7:39 am

    Skye is from Frisco, TX. Great list!

    Reply
    • gymnasticshq June 23, 2021, 10:23 am

      Oops, thanks for catching this other typo! Fixed!

      Reply
  • Aliza June 21, 2021, 3:23 am

    Leanne Wong’s name is spelt wrongly ๐Ÿ™

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    • gymnasticshq June 23, 2021, 10:23 am

      Thanks, fixed that!

      Reply
  • Flopsy June 22, 2021, 10:25 am

    Morgan Hurd and Laurie Hernandez are not competing at Olympic Trials! Pls get your facts right before posting!

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    • gymnasticshq June 23, 2021, 10:22 am

      If you look under their names, it says that they aren’t ๐Ÿ™‚

      Reply
  • EA June 22, 2021, 10:00 pm

    Also kyla Ross is a great gymnast. Personally my favorite

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    • gymnasticshq June 23, 2021, 10:22 am

      She definitely is!

      Reply
  • Faye Smith June 25, 2021, 6:04 pm

    Simone Biles is absolutely THE BEST gymnast I know of. Thanks for listing her!

    Reply
    • gymnasticshq July 1, 2021, 5:43 am

      ๐Ÿ™‚

      Reply

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