INDIANAPOLIS, January 24, 2020 – This week, twenty-seven women and their personal coaches gathered in Indianapolis to participate in the first U.S. Women’s National Team training camp of the year at the new USA Gymnastics training center.
During the course of the four days, the staff assisted in hands-on training, shared training ideas, and introduced new drills for skills, ensuring continued success at the highest level for the U.S. Women’s National Team and participating juniors.
“I think the first week of training in Indianapolis was a great success,” said high-performance team director Tom Forster. “Our national staff worked closely with the senior coaches and athletes to help them prepare for their goal of making the Olympic Team.”
“I’ve heard positive feedback from the athletes and the coaches about the new center,” added Annie Heffernon, the vice president for women’s gymnastics. “But we know there are improvements we can continue to make for future camps, and we welcomed recommendations and feedback on the positives, and also areas where we can improve to ensure we’re providing a safe, comfortable facility where athletes can train as we enter the Olympic year.”
EVO Athletics in Sarasota, Fla., and Flip Fest in Crossville, Tenn., have served as training locations for the women’s program since 2018. USA Gymnastics is exploring the long-term training and wellness facility specifications and requirements as the first step in pursuing a permanent training facility for all disciplines.
The members of the U.S. Women’s National Team and juniors are listed below. U.S. National Team members are designated with an asterisk (*).
Simone Biles, Spring, Texas/World Champions Centre*
Sophia Butler, Houston, Texas/Discover Gymnastics*
Jade Carey, Phoenix, Ariz/Arizona Sunrays*
Jordan Chiles, Spring, Texas/World Champions Center*
Kayla DiCello, Boyds, Md./Hill’s Gymnastics*
Kara Eaker, Grain Valley, Mo./Great American Gymn. Express*
Aleah Finnegan, Lee’s Summit, Mo./Great American Gymnastics Express
eMjae Frazier, Erial, N.J./Parkettes National Gymnastics Center*
Olivia Greaves, Staten Island, N.Y./MG Elite*
Laurie Hernandez, Old Bridge, N.J./Gym-Max
Morgan Hurd, Middletown, Del./First State Gymnastics*
Shilese Jones, Westerville, Ohio/Future Gymnastics Academy
Emily Lee, Los Gatos, Calif./West Valley Gymnastics School
Sunisa Lee, St. Paul, Mn./Midwest Gymnastics Center*
Lilly Lippeatt, Mason, Ohio/Cincinnati Gymnastics*
Emma Malabuyo, Flower Mound, Texas/Texas Dreams Gymnastics
Grace McCallum, Isanti, Mn./Twin City Twisters*
Riley McCusker, Brielle, N.J./MG Elite*
MyKayla Skinner, Gilbert, Ariz./Desert Lights Gymnastics*
Faith Torrez, Pleasant Prairie, Wis./Legacy Elite Gymnastics
Leanne Wong, Overland Park, Kansas/Great American Gymnastics Express*
Sydney Barros, Lewisville, Texas/Texas Dreams*
Love Birt, Camden, Del./First State Gymnastics
Skye Blakely, Frisco, Texas/WOGA*
Konnor McClain, Cross Lanes, W.Va./Revolution Gymnastics*
Katelyn Rosen, Boerne, Texas/Mavericks Gymnastics
Jamison Sears, Yorktown, Va./World Class Gymnastics