Spotlight on the junior Jesolo team
posted on 03/20/2014

Bailie Key, who enjoyed an undefeated all-around season in 2013, leads the six junior women representing the United States at the Jesolo (Italy) Trophy competition this weekend. Competition begins Saturday with the junior women's team and all-around competition (5:30 a.m. ET), followed by the senior women's team and all-around finals (11 a.m. ET). The event wraps up with junior and senior event finals on Sunday at 6 a.m. ET. The Italian Gymnastics Federation will be streaming competition live on its YouTube channel Saturday at 11 a.m. ET (senior team and all-around) and Sunday at 6 a.m. ET (event finals).

 


 

Jordan Chiles

Fast facts
Gym club: Naydenov Gymnastics
Hometown: Vancouver, Washington

Jordan was 11th in the all-around at the 2013 P&G Gymnastics Championships and will make her international debut in Jesolo. She recorded her best event finish, sixth, on vault at last year's nationals where she performed a dynamic double-twisting Yurchenko. She was also impressive on the balance beam, recording a 14.250 on the second day of competition.

 

 


 

Nia Dennis

Fast facts
Gym club: Buckeye Gymnastics
Hometown: Westerville, Ohio
Twitter: @DennisNia

Nia finished just off the podium at the 2013 P&G Gymnastics Championships when she finished fourth in the junior all-around. She tied for second on the vault, sixth on beam and fourth on floor, as well. While she is perhaps best known for the power events – vault and floor – she may have the best standing Arabian on the balance beam in the world.

 

 


 

Norah Flatley

Fast facts
Gym club: Chow's Gymnastics and Dance
Hometown: Cumming, Iowa

Norah finished fifth in the all-around and second on the balance beam at the 2013 P&G Gymnastics Championships, her first elite nationals. At the January national team camp, she showed upgrades on the uneven bars (el-grip work) and a stunning triple series (two back handsprings to two-foot layout) on the balance beam.

 

 


 

Emily Gaskins

Fast facts
Gym club: Cincinnati Gymnastics
Hometown: Coral Springs, Fla.

The Jesolo Trophy is Emily's second international assignment. She debuted at November's Mexican Cup in Acapulco, Mexico, where she was part of the gold-medal winning junior team. Her favorite event is the balance beam, where she shows off her clean lines, and also excels on the floor exercise, finishing fifth at the Secret U.S. Classic last July.

 

 


 

Bailie Key

Fast facts
Gym club: Texas Dreams Gymnastics
Hometown: Montgomery, Texas
Twitter: @Bailie_Key

Bailie was undefeated last season in the all-around, taking the junior titles at the Jesolo Trophy, USA-Germany-Romania tri-meet, the Secret U.S. Classic, the P&G Gymnastics Championships, the International Junior Japan competition and the Mexican Cup. Solid on all four events, she added top-four finishes on all four events at the P&G Championships with titles on floor and balance beam.

 

 


 

Ragan Smith

Fast facts
Gym club: Texas Dreams Gymnastics
Hometown: Dacula, Ga.

Ragan will make her international competitive debut at Jesolo. In 2013, she competed at both the Secret U.S. Classic and P&G Gymnastics Championships. At the Classic, she finished sixth on the balance beam, and she was eighth on the floor exercise at the P&G Championships. Her favorite event is the floor.