CROSSVILLE, Tenn., Dec. 12, 2019 – One hundred members of the Talent Opportunity Program’s National A and B Teams participated in the 2019 TOPs training camp, held last week at Flip Fest Gymnastics Camp in Crossville, Tenn. The camp had two training sessions each day, which were directed by Dan Baker and the national coaching staff. TOPs is women’s gymnastics’ talent opportunity program for athletes 7-10 years old.
At the TOPs Camp, the athletes were tested with the same physical ability drills used by the U.S. National Team. Awards are presented to athletes based on their performances in the physical abilities drills.
The physical abilities awards for TOPs A National Team were earned, in rank order, by Joelle Unson of Gold Medal Gymnastics Company, Amy Gonzalez of Olympus Gymnastics ,and Delilah Zepdeda-Orth of 5380 Gymnastics. Also in rank order, the TOPs B National Team awards went to Allison Stancil of Gymnastics Academy of Atlanta, Vera Ossi of Parkettes National Gymnastics Center, and Reagan Parkman of Coast Point Gymnasticsy.
At the conclusion of each camp, the athletes received T-shirts, and each group created a special cheer. Prizes were given out for best cheer, t-shirts and cleanest rooms during camp. This was the final for the 10-year-old athletes to participate in the TOPS program and were recognized for their participation.
Several athletes from camps will be receiving invites to the 2020 invite camps. All athletes will be competing in the Junior Olympic program within their states in 2020. In 2020 the national team, developmental, invite and TOPS training camps will be held at The Gymnastics Company in Indianapolis, Indiana.
GK Elite is the official sponsor of the TOPS Program and provides the athletes with their TOPS apparel, and all TOPS athletes, including the Diamond Team, receive a custom-designed TOPS leotard. TOPS A National Team members also receive a warm-up.
TOPS A National Team camp was attended by 43 athletes and TOPS B camp was attended by 57 athletes. The athletes became members of the national team by their placement at TOPS National Testing held in October.