May National Team Camp wraps up
posted on 06/03/2013

HUNTSVILLE, Texas, June 3, 2013 Acaa On May 30, 2012 Olympic team gold-medalists McKayla Maroney of Long Beach, Calif., and Kyla Ross of Aliso Viejo, Calif., were among the 23 gymnasts and their coaches who gathered at the USA Gymnastics National Training Center at the Karolyi Ranch, a U.S. Olympic Training Site. Martha Karolyi, the women's national team coordinator, welcomed 12 national team members and 11 invited gymnasts to the five-day training camp. This was Maroney's first camp since the 2012 Olympic Games concluded.

"McKayla exceeded our expectations for her first camp after six months from the Olympics," said Karolyi. "We were quite impressed with her level of difficulty at this time."

In addition, Karolyi added Nia Dennis of Westerville, Ohio/Buckeye Gymnastics, to the junior national team. The U.S. Women's National Team for 2013-14 will be determined at the U.S. Gymnastics Championships, Aug. 15-18, in Hartford, Conn.

Each national team camp starts with physical abilities testing. During the next two days, gymnasts go through verification on each event under the watchful eye of the Athlete Selection Committee, which is comprised of Terin Humphrey, the athlete representative, Steve Rybacki, director of elite programs, and Karolyi. During verification, many gymnasts debuted new floor exercise routines, as well as new upgrades on the uneven bars and balance beam.