With One Year to Go, The Road to Rio Starts at Next Week’s P&G National Championships


Gabby Douglas at the 2015 Secret U.S. Classic. Photo by Christy Linder

The 2015 P&G Gymnastics Championships bring an incredible amount of excitement, as the depth of the women’s field continues to grow. Among the women currently competing are eight world championship medalists and three Olympic medalists. Between them, they have won 21 World and Olympic medals, the World team titles in 2011 and 2014 and the team gold medal at the Olympic Games in 2012. This year also brings the current World Champion head to head with the current Olympic Champion at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Aug. 13-16.

Simone Biles of World Champions Centre, the reigning two time World all-around champion, will seek to defend her National title and tie Kim Zmeskal for three consecutive National all-around titles. Looking to make their own mark will be returning Olympic all-around champion Gabrielle Douglas of Buckeye and Olympic medalist Aly Raisman of Brestyan’s American Gymnastics, competing in their first National Championships since the Olympics. Biles and Douglas went one-two in the recent Secret U.S. Classic competition.

Fellow Olympic medalist Kyla Ross of Gym-Max will be competing, along with junior standout Bailie Key of Texas Dreams, who will be making her senior National Championship debut. Maggie Nichols of Twin City Twisters will also take the stage, as she seeks to make the podium at nationals after finishing third at the recent Secret U.S. Classic.

In addition to Biles and Ross, the remaining 2014 World Champion team gold medalists will all be competing: Alyssa Baumann and Madison Kocian of WOGA, Ashton Locklear of Everest Gymnastics and MyKayla Skinner of Desert Lights. Joining them will be the five members of the women’s team that recently won the team gold at the Pan American Games in Toronto, Ont., Canada:  Madison Desch of GAGE, Rachel Gowey of Chow’s Gymnastics, Amelia Hundley of Cincinnati Gymnastics, Emily Schild Everest Gymnastics and Megan Skaggs of Gymnastics Academy of Atlanta.

These athletes will be vying for spots on the National Team as well as invitations to the 2015 World Championship selection camp. With only one year left to the Olympics, every competition is significant in building each gymnasts resume as they make their bid for a spot on the 2016 Olympic team.

In addition to the incredibly exciting senior competition, will be an equally intense junior competition. Many of this year’s juniors will be eligible for Rio next year, and they will be looking to carve out their own spots on this year’s National Team. The junior women’s field includes reigning U.S junior champion Jazmyn Foberg of MG Elite and her teammate Lauren Hernandez who has taken gold in both junior competitions she has competed in this year, including the Secret U.S. Classic.

The junior women will take the floor for the first day of competition on Thursday, Aug. 13 at 1 p.m. followed by the seniors at 7 p.m. They will compete again on Saturday, Aug. 15, adding the two day total to determine the national titles. The juniors will again be at 1 p.m. and the seniors at 7:30 p.m. The full roster is listed below.

For more information go to pgchamps.com.

2015 P&G Gymnastics Championships women’s field
(by state; name, hometown, state/club, division)

Arizona
MyKayla Skinner, Gilbert, Ariz./Desert Lights Gymnastics, senior

California
Lauren Navarro, La Verne, Calif./Gliders-Charter Oak, senior
Kyla Ross, Aliso Viejo, Calif./Gym-Max Gymnastics, senior

Colorado
Alyona Shchennikova, Evergreen, Colo./TIGAR, junior
Polina  Shchennikova, Evergreen, Colo./TIGAR, senior

Delaware

Morgan Hurd, Middletown, Del./First State Gymnastics, junior

Florida
Emily Gaskins, Coral Springs, Fla./Palm Beach Gymnastics, junior
Sydney Johnson-Scharpf, Groveland, Fla./Brandy Johnson’s Global Gymnastics, junior

Georgia
Elena Arenas, Bishop, Ga./Georgia Elite Gymnastics, junior
Megan Skaggs, Marietta, Ga./Gymnastics Academy of Atlanta, senior

Illinois
Gabby Perea, Geneva, Ill./Legacy Elite Gymnastics LLC, junior

Iowa
Norah Flatley, Cumming, Iowa/Chow’s Gymnastics and Dance Institute, junior
Rachel Gowey, Urbandale, Iowa/Chow’s Gymnastics and Dance Institute, senior

Kansas
Madison Desch, Lenexa, Kan./Great American Gymnastics Express, senior

Massachusetts
Alexandra Raisman, Needham, Mass./Brestyan’s American Gymnastics, senior

Maryland
Maggie Musselman, Crownsville, Md./Hill’s Gymnastics, junior

Minnesota
Maggie Nichols, Little Canada, Minn./Twin City Twisters, senior
Abby Paulson, Coon Rapids, Minn./Twin City Twisters, junior
Tori Tatum, Chanhassen, Minn./Twin City Twisters, junior
Olivia Trautman, Champlin, Minn./Twin City Twisters, junior

Missouri
Brenna Dowell, Odessa, Mo./Great American Gymnastics Express, senior

New Jersey
Christina Desiderio, Hackettstown, N.J./Parkettes National Gymnastics Center, junior
Olivia Dunne, Hillsdale, N.J./Eastern National Academy of Paramus, junior
Jazmyn Foberg, Bayville, N.J./MG Elite, junior
Margzetta Frazier, Erial, N.J./Atlantic Coast Gymnastics, junior
Lauren Hernandez, Old Bridge, N.J./MG Elite, junior

Nevada
Maile O’Keefe, Las Vegas, Nev./Academy of Gymnastics – Salcianu Gymnastics, junior

North Carolina
Ashton Locklear, Hamlet, N.C./Everest Gymnastics, senior
Emily Schild, Huntersville, N.C./Everest Gymnastics, senior

Ohio
Shania Adams, Plain City, Ohio/Buckeye Gymnastics, junior
Aria Brusch, Forest Park, Ohio/Cincinnati Gymnastics, junior
Nia Dennis, Westerville, Ohio/Legacy Elite Gymnastics LLC, senior
Amelia Hundley, Hamilton, Ohio/Cincinnati Gymnastics, senior
Shilese Jones, Westerville, Ohio/Buckeye Gymnastics, junior

Pennsylvania
Megan Freed, Bethlehem, Pa./Parkettes National Gymnastics Center, junior
Trinity Thomas, York, Pa./Prestige Gymnastics, junior

Texas
Rachel Baumann, Plano, Texas/WOGA Gymnastics, junior
Alyssa Baumann, Plano, Texas/WOGA Gymnastics, senior
Simone Biles, Spring, Texas/World Champions Centre, senior
Colbi Flory, Rockwall, Texas/Texas Dreams Gymnastics, junior
Bailie Key, Montgomery, Texas/Texas Dreams Gymnastics, senior
Madison Kocian, Dallas, Texas/WOGA Gymnastics, senior
Emma Malabuyo, Flower Mound, Texas/Texas Dreams Gymnastics, junior
Grace Quinn, Arlington, Texas/Texas Dreams Gymnastics, junior
Ragan Smith, Lewisville, Texas/Texas Dreams Gymnastics, junior
Abigail Walker, Carrollton, Texas/Texas Dreams Gymnastics, junior

Utah
Deanne Soza, Orem, Utah/Arete Gymnastics, junior

Virginia
Gabrielle Douglas, Virginia Beach, Va./Buckeye Gymnastics, senior

Washington
Jordan Chiles, Vancouver, Wash./Naydenov, junior

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