HUNTSVILLE, Texas, Dec. 10, 2015 – For this year’s TOPs B camp that wrapped up on Dec. 10, 61 athletes and their coaches traveled to USA Gymnastics National Team Training Center at the Karolyi Ranch, a U.S. Olympic Training site. The gymnasts earned a spot on the TOPs B team based on placement in the TOPs National Testing last October.
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 and optional skill progressions. Coaches’ lectures were held after every training session while athletes participated in team building activities.
Parents were allowed to watch the final afternoon training session, attend the athlete presentation and meet National Coaching Staff.
All of the gymnasts received TOPs National Team apparel, which included an exclusively designed leotard provided by GK Elite. GK Elite has sponsored the TOPs Program for many years.
The TOPs program celebrates 23 years as a Talent Opportunity Program offered by USA Gymnastics. The program has had many participants continue to go and be members of the Women’s National Team and represent USA Gymnastics at World and Olympic events including many other international meets.