USA’s best Juniors will represent their country at the first-ever Junior World Championships!
This past weekend at the Women’s June National Team Camp, the members of the first-ever Junior World Championships Team was determined.
In order to be eligible for the Junior World Team, athletes must be 14 or 15 years old in 2019.
Eleven of USAG’s junior gymnasts (some on the National Team, and others invited to these trials) participated in this past weekend’s training camp which took place at EVO Athletics in Sarasota, FL. From the eleven, three were chosen for the first-ever Junior World’s Team.
The all-around champion of these trials was automatically named to the three-person team, and the others were selected by the athlete selection committee.
Skye Blakely of WOGA posted the highest all-around score of the day with a 56.5AA and was named to the team. Blakely also posted the highest score on Bars (14.20), Beam (14.00) and Floor (13.70).
In addition to Blakely, Kayla Di Cello (Hills Gymnastics) who scored a 55.75AA and was the leading scorer on Vault (14.65) made the team. To round out the three-person squad, Sydney Barros (of Texas Dreams) who had a 54.55AA and was very consistent on all of her events was named made the Junior Worlds Team. Konnor McClain (of Revolution Gymnastics) is the traveling alternate and will compete if one of the other three is unable to.
On Friday, June 28 the team will compete in the Team Finals working to capture another gold medal of the U.S. as well as looking to obtain a placement as an individual in the apparatus finals.
The competition will be held in the Audi Arena in Gyor, Hungary from June 27-30, 2019 and 63 nations will be represented. Make sure to keep an eye on these juniors, some of whom will be age-eligible to represent their countries in the 2020 Olympics! It’s sure to be a competition to remember!
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