HUNTSVILLE, Texas, Dec. 7, 2015 – For this year’s TOPS A National Team camp that wrapped up on Dec. 6, 50 athletes and their coaches traveled to the USA Gymnastics National Team Training Center at the Karolyi Ranch, a U.S. Olympic Training Site. The gymnasts earned a spot on the TOPs A National Team based on placement in the TOPs National Testing last October.
The camp started with TOPs national physical abilities testing. The gymnasts who placed in the top three in testing are: Samara Jordan – Legacy Elite Gymnastics, first; Nhi Nguyen – Golden City Gymnastics, second; and Marissa Saunders – Buckeye Gymnastics, third.
Developmental Team Coordinator Valeri Liukin, two-time 1988 Olympic gold medalist , led the camp and was joined by members of the National Coaching Staff to train the athletes and educate their coaches in basic skills, compulsory elite routines and optional skill progressions. Coaches’ lectures were held after every training session.
All of the gymnasts received TOPs National Team apparel, which included an exclusively designed leotard and warm-ups provided by GK Elite. GK Elite has sponsored the TOPs Program for many years.
Many of the gymnasts attending this camp received an invitation to both the Developmental Team and Developmental Invitational Camps in 2016.