US Classics and European Youth Olympic Festival

The Couch Gymnast has some quick hits of the training Podium for the EYOF.

This link has some live video and it says wag starts at 10.45 AM on Thursday.Eastern time?


The US Classic has a roster Only real name missing is Elizabeth Price. IMO she is taking it slow and that is a smart idea being she is still coming back from injury.


(Subject to change)


Name Club Current Residence
Kennedy Baker Texas Dreams Gymnastics Flower Mound, TX
Simone Biles Bannon’s Gymnastix Inc. Spring, TX
Lacy Dagen San Mateo Gymnastics Pleasanton, CA
Madison Desch Great American Gymn. Express Lenexa, KS
Brenna Dowell Great American Gymn. Express Odessa, MO
Peyton Ernst Texas Dreams Gymnastics Coppell, TX
Rachel Gowey Chow’s Gymnastics and Dance Institute Urbandale, IA
Ariana Guerra Texas Dreams Gymnastics League City, TX
Madison Kocian WOGA Gymnastics Dallas, TX
Erin Macadaeg San Mateo Gymnastics Redwood City, CA
McKayla Maroney All Olympia AOGC Long Beach, CA
Grace McLaughlin WOGA Gymnastics Allen, TX
Abigail Milliet Denton Gymnastics Academy Denton, TX
Maggie Nichols Twin City Twisters Little Canada, MN
Lexie Priessman Cincinnati Gymnastics Cincinnati, OH
Kyla Ross Gym-Max Gymnastics Aliso Viejo, CA
Mykayla Skinner Desert Lights Gymnastics Gilbert, AZ


Name Club Current Residence
Ariana Agrapides MG Elite Bayville, NJ
Simone Banen North Stars Gymnastics Academy Wyckoff, NJ
Alyssa Baumann WOGA Gymnastics Plano, TX
Vanasia Bradley Splitz Gymnastics Lincoln Park, MI
Jordan Chiles Naydenov Gymnastics Inc. Vancouver, WA
Nadia Cho WOGA Gymnastics Plano, TX
Bridget Dean Orlando Metro Gymnastics Fort Myers, FL
Nia Dennis Buckeye Gymnastics Westerville, OH
Christina Desiderio Parkettes National Gymnastics Center Hackettestown, NJ
Asia Dewalt WOGA Gymnastics Plano, TX
Kennedi Edney Precision Gymnastics Chino, CA
Lauren Farley WOGA Gymnastics Dallas, TX
Bailey Ferrer Orlando Metro Gymnastics Orlando, FL
Norah Flatley Chow’s Gymnastics and Dance Institute Cumming, IA
Jazmyn Foberg MG Elite Bayville, NJ
Ashley Foss North Stars Gymnastics Academy Towaco, NJ
Molly Frack Parkettes National Gymnastics Center Nazareth, PA
Megan Freed Parkettes National Gymnastics Center Bethlehem, PA
Emily Gaskins Cincinnati Gymnastics Coral Springs, FL
Felicia Hano West Coast Elite Gymnastics San Gabriel, CA
Lauren Hernandez Monmouth Gymnastics Old Bridge, NJ
Veronica Hults Texas Dreams Gymnastics Coppell, TX
Amelia Hundley Cincinnati Gymnastics Hamilton, OH
Sydney Johnson-Scharpf Brandy Johnson’s Global Gymnastics Groveland, FL
Bailie Key Texas Dreams Gymnastics Montgomery, TX
Ashton Kim Texas Dreams Gymnastics Southlake, TX
Alonza Klopfer North Stars Gymnastics Academy Boonton, NJ
Taylor Lawson Parkettes National Gymnastics Center Macungie, PA
Alexandra Marks Bart Conner Gymnastics Academy Cushing, OK
Hope Masiado Girls In Co-Operation Gymnastics Training Center I Bethlehem, PA
Emily Muhlenhaupt Colorado Aerials Gymnastics Center Castle Rock, CO
Lauren Navarro Charter Oak Gymnastics La Verne, CA
Maile O’Keefe Academy of Gymnastics – Salcianu Gymnastics Las Vegas, NV
Samantha Ogden WOGA Gymnastics Allen, TX
Abby Paulson Twin City Twisters Coon Rapids, MN
Gabrielle Perea Legacy Elite Gymnastics LLC Geneva, IL
Grace Quinn Texas Dreams Gymnastics Arlington, TX
Melissa Reinstadtler Rebound Gymnastics Inc. Brick, NJ
Alexandria Ruiz ACE Gymnastics Lake Mary, FL
Emily Schild Everest Gymnastics Huntersville, NC
Polina Shchennikova Tigar Arvada, CO
Megan Skaggs Gymnastics Academy of Atlanta Marietta, GA
Regan Smith Twilight Gymnastics Phillipsburg, NJ
Deanne Soza Arete Gymnastics Orem, UT
Alexis Vasquez Chow’s Gymnastics and Dance Institute West Des Moines, IA
Grace Waguespack ACE Gymnastics Longwood, FL

59 Responses to “US Classics and European Youth Olympic Festival”

  1. sanitynmotion Says:

    Looks like Kim Zmeskal will be shooting to be the Geddert (or the Zhang) of London. I bet you she will be one of the next Olympic coaches.

    • gymtruthteller Says:

      She has to have a gymnast on the team for that to happen and as much as Marta promotes within I don’t see this happening.

      • Brouhaha Says:

        Do any of Kim’s girls really have a shot at being top US gymnasts? I’m not so familiar with the new crops of juniors/seniors

      • theirway11 Says:

        Bailie Key’s been getting a lot of hype so who knows.

      • Tortuga Says:

        I put this on the last thread but it applies here also:

        Texas Dreams is finally making out with a lot of Elites now. I went to their first summer camp back in like 2001ish. It’s a great facility and I’m glad to see them doing so well now. Kim and her husband are very respectable coaches. They don’t take the screaming/shaming approach to coaching and I admire that. I wonder if WOGA has some potential elites in the wings. They’re probably just sandbagging optional gymnasts to win more titles. That really annoys me. Just let a gymnast compete at her potential level and not keep them down just for more medals, but to each their own.

        It’s still early in the quad to say who might make it to Rio. Most of the 2012 team didn’t move to senior elite till near the end of the quad.

  2. Brouhaha Says:

    So excited to finally see Kyla in compeition!! Hope she shows the haters lol PLEASE HAVE UPGRADES

    • JAS4 Says:

      I especially hope she has some upgrades on floor at least like 5.8ish or more

      • sanitynmotion Says:

        If she hasn’t upped her floor to at least a 5.8 then she doesn’t deserve an AA spot at worlds, and I predict she’ll be bypassed by this time next year. She really needs to upgrade; her floor is ludicrous for an elite level given the US depth.

        I love Kyla but whoever said her routines look too easy for her was spot on. She needs to challenge herself. I’ll give her room for injury but if she’s not upgrading past a 5.5 on floor she’ll be done soon. Her bars are great but also don’t get high enough of a D score to put up much of a fight against the Russians or Chinese.

  3. Catherine Says:

    Yeah Bailie Key, who does not have a weak event. She’s being paced nicely. Not sure about her other girls. Peyton has some lovely work but she is definitely not.screaming major team.

    I’m can’t wait to see a Key v Dennis v Hernandez showdown. The crazy thing is that 2001born Jordan Chiles could place. Also what Maroney has to offer and what goes down in the AA. Hope Milliet does well.

    In EYOF, I’m predicting Romania, Russia, GB. Kim Janas of Germany or Maria Bondareva of Russia for the AA, Tyesha Mattis of GB for vault and floor, Andreea Iridon of Romania for beam and bars. That’s right, bars. But the greatest gymnast at this meet will be Eythora Thorsdottir of Netherlands, watch out for her. Such a pity Elizabet Vasileva of Bulgaria isn’t there. She’s the crossover from rythmic and has crazy leaps and turns, stunning work.

  4. biyatch Says:

    Ebee will be there… straight from her aunt.

    • Catherine Says:

      Yeah it’s great news. I’m going to imagine it will be bars and beam, those are the ones that she was was shown in in the camp videos. Thankfully she’s already qualified to Nationals so she can do the AA there…if she wasn’t qualified, she couldn’t do that.

    • Uglyfatkid Says:

      Yay!!! I was hoping Price wasn’t out of the picture anymore!!! I can’t freakin’ wait till classics!

  5. Tortuga Says:

    Did you guys see this entry for the leo contest? It is red white and blue, but quite frightening. It would be hilarious to see on the floor. I like to think whoever entered this meant for it to be funny.

    • sanitynmotion Says:

      There were a lot of really fugly ones.

      I chose one similar to Kyla Ross’ leo at nationals (or was it Trials?) – the US one. You know, red white and blue. I’m so sick of pink/purple I feel like it’s enough of that, let’s go back to being patriotic please…(that’s just me though).

      It would be kind of funny if they all wore this though and had that evil-looking eagle eye glaring from their necks. It’s super creeptastic.

    • Allie Says:

      Amazing. Ha!

  6. Tortuga Says:

    Yes! It could bring the intimidation factor lol! I really hope a pink or purple one doesn’t win. I looking through them all to see if I can spot the one with the most votes. The highest votes I have seen so far is around 320 something.

    • sanitynmotion Says:

      There was a pink/purple monstrosity and a leopard print monstrosity that were high when I voted a couple days ago. I hope they go away. Of course they were high because those gym moms were pimping their daughters’ choices up all over the place and it happened to be their daughters had poor taste. So I ignored their pleas and voted for a USA/red/white/blue one.

      • Tortuga Says:

        Okay I made it all through the entries. Yes the Pink/Purple in the lead wasn’t very special and the second place Leopard thing was just hideous. That’s just insane to have over 1,000 votes when third place is around 300 lol. But I won’t gripe like those crazy gym moms. I think I see which one you where talking about but I personally like this one because it is red white and blue yet still simplistic. Plus muscles look great in white leos. I think it would look better on the actual leo with the help of professionals.

      • lol Says:

        Which one did you vote for.

      • sanitynmotion Says:

        I can’t tell which one you voted for…it just takes me to the main page. I wonder if we voted the same because I voted for one very similar to the one you are describing.

      • Tortuga Says:

        Oh I see what you mean. Now the link just takes you to where all of the leos are. This one has an asterisk at the top that spreads across the white suit in blue and red. Sort of like a large firework. It also has a little silver or crystal detail on the right sleeve.

      • sanitynmotion Says:

        I think you and I may have voted for the same one…it’s called American Beauty? That’s the one I voted for. There are like 27 votes haha.

        To me the one that won (Purple Petals) basically looks like a globby hand doing a boob grab.

      • Tortuga Says:

        I went back and looked for the title of the one I picked. It was called Firework. But I also liked American Beauty, I reminded me a lot of the Beijing leos. There were a few red white and blue entries that I liked. None of which had more that 30ish votes lol. You’re right about the sloppy boob grab lol. And what is it with kids loving so much tacky animal print these days? Everything has to be pink or animal print, it’s all just so gaudy!! Sorry if any of you love animal print lol.

  7. lol Says:

    The comments on the facebook page are funny. USA gym is having so many issues and I agree with the gym mom`s the voting is suspect. I really like a few leo’s but most are old ones we have already seen before. There are some nice red, white and blue ones my favorite being the one with the waves and a star in the middle. It only got like eighteen votes which is ashame. It was one of the few originals . The winning leo was ugly.

  8. lol Says:

    Kim wasn’t always the supportive coach she is now. When she first opened her own gym there were a lot of stories of her being like Bela. I knew a lady that said she was verbally abusive to her daughter and several other kids but she has heard stories after her daughter quit that Kim got a lecture from some gym parents and changed her ways.

    • Katie Says:

      I heard rumors like that.

    • mimi Says:

      it’s interesting though.. there’s gotta be crazy gym parents out there (and just parents in general) who make all kinds of excuses for their child’s crappy behaviour and think discipline or a firm talking to is “bullying”, “abusive”, “wrong” and what have you.

      i have no idea what kim would be like obviously (and no invested interest in it, although i’d hope for the kids’ sakes she is nice and supportive) but i take those sorts of rumours with a grain of salt unless there was overwhelming info out there. although i suppose given she was exposed to that style of coaching she figured it was the best way. hard to say really!

  9. Brouhaha Says:

    brandy johnson’s daughter is competing at Classics – sydney johnson-scharf.

  10. exgymgurl Says:

    Simone basically implied on her that skinner is annoying…. HILARIOUS…..

    • Tortuga Says:

      Hahaha! Someone else besides our speculation lol.

      • mimi Says:

        i must admit i had to laugh at her answers to her mykayla related questions.

    • sainabou nyang Says:

      Teenagers are funny lol.
      Looking at the camp pictures, I’ve never really seen any with Skinner in them with the other girls. As much as they use the “were all best friends” cards, I’m sure there are clicks amd sub-clicks. Skinner just might be a loner.

      • mimi Says:

        mykayla sort of bragged on her twitter (i dont know, she could have just been genuinely excited) she was going to get a photo with THE OLYMPIAN mckayla maroney at camp or something profound like that..

        which struck me as strange actually, because the girls all seem to be fairly down to earth and teammates first and foremost, even pretty good friends for some of them (eg simone/katelyn, kyla/mckayla). wouldn’t they have known each other from gym for a while, at least on a ‘professional’ basis if not semi-friendly/cordial basis? you’d never make a dramatic declaration about taking a photo with a teammate or someone you know in a casual/friendlyish sort of way.

        i just thought it was sort of odd. it did make me think maybe there is some distance between her and a lot of the other girls.

      • Birgitte Says:

        Just saw that, she does add “y’all be jelly”. lol

    • sanitynmotion Says:

      There’s totally clicks. Always in team sports – especially female team sports.

      I would say/suspect the FF were a “click” before they got to the Olympics and in a way that helped.

      • Brouhaha Says:

        FF minus gabby, most likely

      • biyatch Says:

        I think the clique was really Jordyn, Aly and McKayla (those three always roomed together at camp) but Kyla and Mac’s longterm relationship made in easy for Kyla to fall in like with the other three. Gabby was definitely the odd ball out (had the single in the Oly village, roomed with Anna Li on tour.)

      • gymtruthteller Says:

        I don’t get the impression Mckayla likes Gabby at all. Sure she tweets her and they all are BFF’s (gag me) but they never seemed like they liked each other. The only member that seems to like Gabby is Aly and I think she likes everyone and they sort of bonded when they both made the AA.

      • mimi Says:

        aly does seem like the kind of person that is genuinely nice to everyone.

    • Katie Says:

      What did she say?

      • exgymgurl Says:

        Gabby almost fell apart in team finals. Aly was the only one talking to her, saying just like in practice youve got this. Kyla and McKayla and Jordyn just stayed to themselves. Before beam Gabby looked like she was going to cry in TF…..

      • sj0126 (@sj0126) Says:

        that was a great moment NBC caught during TF. Gabby looked panicked before going to beam and Aly looked her right in the eye and told her she’ll be fine, you can do this and Gabby was like “you’re right, i can”.

      • mimi Says:

        aly doing what a good leader does! good for her :]

      • exgymgurl Says:

        Gabby almost fell at least two different times on beam in TF. Im still not sure how she hung on except determination and will power. Gabby did look like a deer in the headlights right before her routine and Aly just made eye contact and was like NO you arent falling apart. Even Marta said 10 days before the prelims she talked to Chow because Gabby was starting to headcase and said pull your gymnast together or Im replacing her because shes not all there….

      • sanitynmotion Says:

        Honestly wondered why Marta put Gabby up on beam in TF vs. Jo, even though Jo had that whole “connection” issue. Didn’t seem right to me.

        Honestly if Gabby headcased and fell on beam and then on floor (basically, pulled an ASac) and US would have won silver instead I would have completely blamed Marta. She should have done her job and mandated Jo take out those connections (then Jo could have been more effectively used on one of her best apparatuses).

        I remember leading up to the Olympics all of us were scared to even watch Gabby do her routines, just given she was so apt to headcase (especially on beam).

      • gymtruthteller Says:

        Gabby was getting the gift scores on beam so it made sense to use her.

      • Katie Says:

        I was actually asking about what biles said. But that is very interesting about Marta and chow.

  11. exgymgurl Says:

    Ohashi roomed with Gabby at PacRims. Cause she was so tight with Kyla, Jordyn, Lexie and Amelia……. tells you something when Jordyn picked Kyla over Gabby…. and Katelyn ended up with her LOL

  12. biyatch Says:

    Jordyn just did a Huff post live interview. The second half they talk about the cause shes pimping but their is a little gym talk at the beginning.The interviewer was not the best and the beginning when they talk about Jo crying at the games I find SUPER awkward.

  13. nero Says:

    Looks like the girls are sitting in the front row. That’s a good sign I hope. And Jordyn is sitting next to Ben Affleck

    • mimi Says:

      i dont know why but the thought of jordyn sitting with ben affleck is hilarious. in a good way.

    • biyatch Says:

      So I think the million dollar question is not if they’ll win but if McKayla will bitch slap Gabby without Aly there to play buffer.

  14. exgymgurl Says:

    Okay so Simone said on her ask that at camp they are pretty much always in the same practice groups for rotations. I bet this is Martas way of having A Teams and B Teams etc.

  15. Katie Says:

    Ahhh I finally read Simone’s and her skinner answers were pretty funny

    • Gymbee Says:

      Finally read them too haha. I bet her answers will cause a bit of a stir at camp, but I can imagine they’re not that friendly to begin with!

      Also she says she thinks no one will compete the TTY this year😦

      • Catherine Says:

        I’m glad. Maroney I think could push for it, but maybe injure herself again in the process. But Simone’s attempt in the video had a very scary landing and that was just a pit.

      • Gymbee Says:

        Yeah definitely Simone’s, but we haven’t seen Maroneys training yet. Well it’s not like Musty will get it named after her anytime soon lol.

      • Tortuga Says:

        Maroney gets so much more height than anyone else so I have to believe hers is looking better. I’m sure she is the type that won’t compete it till it looks great. She won’t put something not polished out there on her best event.

      • Sara Says:

        Honestly I have a feeling that Marta is going to have her hold off on the TTY until 2015 if she makes it there.

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