Nastia Liukin Cup Sr AA Champion Routines

Mackenzie Brannen and McKenna Kelley tied for first with a 38.425. Here is a little more about them and each of their routines.

Mackenzie Brannan
Mackenzie is 17 years old and trains at Capital Gymnastics in Austin, TX. Her biggest accomplishments have been competing at the U.S. Championships four times, the Nastia Liukin Cup three times and winning the National Floor title in 2013. She is also proud to ce competing for the University of Alabama next year. The biggest thing gymnastics has taught her is to “Enjoy the journey.”

Vault – 9.750

Bars – 9.700

Beam – 9.500

Floor – 9.475

McKenna Kelley
McKenna is a 16 year old and trains at Stars Gymnastics in Houston, TX. She won this event 30 years after her mom, Mary Lou Retton won the American Cup. McKenna placed fifth at the 2013 J.O. Nationals, and is verbally committed with LSU for 2015. Her goals are to finish strong the rest of the season and go out with a bang my senior year. She’d also like to leave a mark in the NCAA. McKenna says “Gymnastics has taught me … I can overcome anything if I put my mind to it…”

Vault – 9.750

Bars – 9.350

Beam – 9.650

Floor – 9.675

Nastia Liukin Cup Jr AA Champion Routines

Rachael Flam and Lauren Ramirez tied for first with a 38.1. Here is a little more about them and each of their routines.

Rachael Flam
Rachael is a fourteen year old from Houston, Tx. She trains at Stars Houston. She comes from a family of athletes, with many of them making it to the Olympic trials in their various sports. Rachael’s goals are to compete elite this year and make it to championships. Then she hope’s to have a successful collegiate gymnastics career. The biggest thing gymnastics has taught her is that “Hard work pays off.”

Vault – 9.750

Bars – 9.550

Beam – 9.550

Floor – 9.250

Lauren Ramirez
Lauren is fifteen years old. She is from Chandler, Az and trains at Gold Medal. Her biggest accomplishment at this point in her gymnastics career has been qualifying for the Nastia Liukin Cup three years in a row. Her goal is to compete in NCAA. She says the biggest thing gymnastics has taught her is that failure or giving up is not an option.  “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.” (USA Gymnastics)

Vault -9.625

Bars – 9.425

Beam – 9.500

Floor – 9.550

2014 Nastia Liukin Cup Results

The fifth annual Nastia Liukin Cup is in the books. The Nastia Liukin Cup is a great opportunity for up and coming gymnasts who are looking to go elite to compete on a podium in a televised setting. It is also a time for seniors looking to end their Junior Olympic career and head toward NCAA to shine.

The gymnasts qualify for the event through a series of qualifier meets held around the country. They get the chance to meet and hear from Nastia herself. And of course, the prestige of competing in the event.

The winners in the Junior Division were:

Tied for first with a 38.1:

Rachael Flam
               Lauren Ramirez
Stars Gymnastics             Gold Medal

Third Place with a 38.05:

Rachael Lukacs

North Stars

In the Senior Division

Tied for first with a 38.42:5

Mackenzie Brannan  McKenna Kelley
Capital Gymnastics      Stars Gymnastics

Third Place with a 38.275:

Kari Lee