To be eligible to compete in an Olympic Games, a female gymnast must turn 16 in an Olympic year.
The US has a large group of women who will be taking the leap from the Junior to the Senior ranks in 2016 as they all turn 16 in one of the most important years of their lives.
Timing is everything and the following young ladies have time on their side since they all turn 16 in an Olympic year; 2016 Rio Olympics.
- Christina Desiderio, Parkettes National Gymnastics Center*
- Norah Flately, Chow’s Gymnastics and Dance Institute
- Jazmyn Foberg, MG Elite*
- Margzetta Frazier, Atlantic Coast Gymnastics
- Emily Gaskins, Palm Beach Gymnastics
- Lauren Hernandez, MG Elite*
- Sydney Johnson-Scharpf, Brandy Johnson’s Global Gymnastics*
- Abby Paulson, Twin City Twisters
- Grace Quinn, Texas Dreams Gymnastics
- Ragan Smith, Texas Dreams Gymnastics*
- Olivia Trautman, Twin City Twisters
*Current National Junior Team Member
The current Senior National Team Members will have their work cut out for them in keeping their spots on the National Team and earning their spots on the US Olympic Team. The Juniors coming up will be training and fighting hard for those top spots on both teams.
Based on the 2 day total from the All-Around of the 2015 P&G Championships, this is how some of the soon to be Seniors would have placed when we combine the All-Around scores from both the Senior and Junior sessions.
- Simone Biles – 124.10
- Maggie Nichols – 119.15
- Ali Raisman – 118.55
- Bailey Key – 118.35
- Gabby Douglas – 117.95
- Lauren Hernandez – 117.50*
- Jazmyn Foberg – 117.40*
- Ragan Smith – 116.45*
- Madison Kocian – 115.95
- Alyssa Baumann – 115.70
- Christina Desiderio – 111.45*
- Sydney Johnson-Scharpf – 110.90*
*Current Junior National Team Members
Now the questions are: Which of the soon to be Seniors will rise to the occasion? Can the current top Seniors hold onto their spots on the National Team? Will our Olympic Team consist of any former Olympians (Raisman, Douglas, Ross) or will it be all newbies?
It is going to be an interesting 7 months leading up to the Olympic Trials on July 8 – 10 in San Jose, CA.