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Black History Month: NCAA Gymnasts

February 14th- Hallie Mossett (UCLA)

Hallie Mossett (born March 15th 1995) is a former international elite gymnast who is currently a senior at UCLA, majoring in sociology. She did her club training at West Coast Elite Gymnastics in California. 

Pre-collegiate Achievements:

  • Two-time USA National Team Member
  • Five-time Visa Championships Competitor
  • 2011 Pan Am Games Team Alternate

Collegiate Bests:

  • Vault: 9.850
  • Bars: 9.900
  • Beam: 9.875
  • Floor: 9.900

Collegiate Achievements (to date):

  • Two-time all-around winner (2014)
  • Two-time Pac-12 Freshman of the Week (2014)
  • Pac-12 Specialist of the Week (01/12/2016)
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“BIG FANCY SPEECH” by Shawn Johnson

Wow, wow, wow.  This is long but it’s worth every minute.  Shawn talks about how she was always the girl who read every article, listened to every news story, knew everything that was said about her and what was expected of her before the Olympics.  She knew she was expected to win, “the girl to beat”, “America’s sweetheart”, and that she was expected to take AA and come home with five Olympic medals.  She shared so much about that pressure, unique silly things like them adding cameras to the vault runway that run with you, her techniques for handling competitions and her mentality….feeling compelled to look at the scoreboard for the first time in her entire competition history.  Knowing she couldn’t get gold before her final floor routine.  Everything.  Her experience after the Games, what it meant to her to get silver, what being treated “for losing AA” felt like, how she understands and truly lives that you didn’t “lose” or “fail” just bc somebody else takes first.  Her struggles on the journey to stay or leave gymnastics, where she is now, and questions from the audience.  It’s just…. This is a must watch.  I couldn’t adore this girl more.  And I don’t tend to feel that way about too many athletes this long after their careers.  But.. Shawn’s a special girl.  

This is important for everyone and she shares so many important perspectives that gym fans and regular folks alike can learn from and deeply appreciate.

Black History Month: NCAA Gymnasts 

February 11- Brianna Brown

Brianna Brown is a former junior international elite and level 10 gymnast who trained at Cincinnati Gymnastics and is now a sophomore at the University of Michigan, enrolled in the School of Kinesiology and is majoring in health and fitness.

Pre-collegiate Achievements:

  • Team USA Junior National Team Member 2011
  • Two-time Nastia Liukin Cup qualifier
  • Competed for Team USA at the 2011 City of Jesolo Trophy
  • Finished 7th all-around at the 2014 JO National Championships

Collegiate Bests:

  • Vault: 9.875
  • Bars: 9.950
  • Beam: 9.925
  • Floor: 9.900

Collegiate Achievements (to date):

  • Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Year
  • NCAA All-American in the all-around
  • Five-time Big 10 Freshman of the Week
  • All-Big 10 (First Team)
February 2017 NT Camp Roster
  • Shania Adams, Buckeye
  • Jade Carey, Oasis
  • Jordan Chiles, Naydenov
  • Norah Flatley, Chow’s
  • Margzetta Frazier, Parkettes
  • Morgan Hurd, First State
  • Madeleine Johnston, Hill’s
  • Shilese Jones, Buckeye
  • Adeline Kenlin, Iowa Gym-Nest
  • Sunisa Lee, Midwest Gymnastics
  • Lauren Little, Everest
  • Ashton Locklear, Everest
  • Emma Malabuyo, Texas Dreams
  • Riley McCusker, MG Elite
  • Victoria Nguyen, Chow's 
  • Maile O'Keefe, Salcianu Elite
  • Abby Paulson, Twin City Twisters
  • Gabby Perea, Legacy Elite
  • Alyona Shchennikova, 5280 Gymnastics
  • Ragan Smith, Texas Dreams
  • Tori Tatum, Twin City Twisters
  • Trinity Thomas, Prestige

The camp will begin with physical abilities testing, followed by verifications on each apparatus. Athletes who are vying for international assignments at the upcoming AT&T American Cup, Stuttgart World Cup and International Gymnix will verify full routines on competition surfaces. The focus of the camp will on perfecting the quality and consistency of routines. 

I don’t really know how to explain the emotions that I was feeling. I was very disappointed that my name was not called. I was confused, but I knew there was a reason for why I didn’t get picked. I support the committee’s decision and everything like that.

I know that God has a plan for me and bigger and better things in my future. I did shed a few tears, but they were both happy and sad tears. … I did have a very good meet on Sunday, and I’m just so happy I ended on such a great note.

—  Maggie Nichols

Black History Month: NCAA Gymnasts

February 19th- Zaakira Muhammad (West Virginia)

Zaakira Muhammad (born November 9th 1996) is a former level 10 gymnast who is currently a junior at the University of West Virginia, majoring in journalism. She did her club training at TNT Elite Gymnastics in New Jersey. 

Pre-collegiate Achievements:

  • 2010 New Jersey Floor State Champion
  • Finished 4th on bars at 2010 Region 7 Championships
  • Three-time US JO Nationals Gold Medalist

Collegiate Bests:

  • Vault: 9.900
  • Bars: 9.900
  • Beam: 9.850
  • Floor: 9.950

Collegiate Achievements (to date):

  • 2016 Team Most Valuable Gymnast
  • Ended 2016 season ranked 31st in the country on vault
  • 2016 Academic All-Big 12 Second Team
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Crazy to look back and see where I was a year ago. Throwback one year to the first elite gymnastics meet I ever worked: 2015 Worlds in Glasgow 🙈 What an honor to be able to film the best gymnasts in the world, many of whom went on to great success in Rio less than a year later! Thank you @insidegym for the opportunity! (ved Glasgow, United Kingdom)

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Black History Month: NCAA Gymnasts

February 7- Elizabeth Price

Elizabeth Price is a former senior international elite gymnast who competed for USA and is now a sophomore at the University of Stanford majoring in engineering. 

Pre-collegiate Achievements:

  • Team USA National Team Member 2010-2014
  • Winner of the 2014 AT&T American Cup
  • Alternate for 2012 US Olympic team

Collegiate Bests:

  • Vault: 10.0
  • Bars: 9.950
  • Beam: 9.900
  • Floor: 9.975

Collegiate Achievements (to date): 

  • First Team All-American on vault and bars
  • Pac 12 Specialist of the year
  • Currently holds an NCAA event title on vault
  • Made her collegiate debut in the All-Around at Super Six in 2015 and finished with a 39.675 

Black History Month: NCAA Gymnasts

February 10th- Elizabeth Price (Stanford)

Elizabeth Price (born May 28th 1996) is a former senior international elite gymnast who is currently a junior at Stanford University, majoring in bio-mechanical engineering. She did her club training at Parkettes under Bill and Donna Strauss. 

Pre-collegiate Achievements:

  • 2012 US Olympic Alternate
  • USA National Team Member (2010-2014)
  • 2014 AT&T American Cup Champion

Collegiate Bests:

  • Vault: 10.000
  • Bars: 9.975
  • Beam: 9.900
  • Floor: 9.975

Collegiate Achievements (to date):

  • 2015 NCAA Vault Champion 
  • 2015 Pac-12 Specialist of the Year
  • 2016 Pac-12 Gymnast of the Year
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I am so proud of Laurie Hernandez.

This was the routine that made us all first notice her back in 2012 and I remember someone commented “they’re gonna love her in Rio.” That seemed like such a far away possibility for this little tiny junior back then, but now she’s this strong, polished, and confident gymnast who’s coming out of her first senior nationals with four medals and over 60 AA both days and is on her way to the Olympic trials and quite possibly the Olympics. She has worked so hard and grown so much and this is barely even the beginning of what will be an amazing senior career. I am so so proud of Laurie Hernandez.

Black History Month: NCAA Gymnasts

February 8- Kennedy Baker 

Kennedy Baker is a former senior international elite gymnast who competed for USA and is now a sophomore at the University of Florida majoring in telecommunications. 

Pre-collegiate Achievements:

  • Team USA National Team Member 2010-2014 
  • 2009 Visa Championships junior bars champion
  • Competed at 2012 US Olympic Trials finishing eighth in the all-around
  • 2013 P&G Championships bronze medal winner on the balance beam

Collegiate Bests:

  • Vault: 9.950
  • Bars: 9.85
  • Beam: 9.925
  • Floor: 10.000

Collegiate Achievements (to date):

  • Earned her first 10.000 of her college career on floor against Alabama on 2016-01-29
  • All-American on floor
  • SEC Freshman of the Year (2015)
  • Four-time SEC freshman of the week recipient

Black History Month: NCAA Gymnasts

February 15th- Nikole Addison (Denver)

Nikole Addison (born January 29th 1996) is a former level 10 gymnast currently attending the University of Denver, majoring in psychology. She did her club training at Coast Elite Gymnastics Academy in Florida. 

Pre-collegiate Achievements:

  • 2010 Nastia Liukin Cup Competitor 
  • NIT Qualifier
  • Four-time US JO Nationals Qualifier

Collegiate Bests:

  • Vault: 9.875
  • Bars: 9.850
  • Beam: 9.850
  • Floor: 9.950

Collegiate Achievements (to date):

  • 2015 DU Gymnastics Freshman of the Year
  • 2016 DU Gymnastics Most Inspirational Winner
  • Set her career high on floor (9.950) during the current 2017 season