COLORADO SPRINGS, Nov. 14, 2014 – The all-around champions for four age divisions (10-, 11-, 12-, and 13-year-old) were named at the 2014 Future Stars National Championships at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. The champions are: 10-year-old division – Joshua Kames of Lakettes Gymnastics; 11-year-old division – Ian Lasic-Ellis of New England Sports; 12-year-old division – Sam Phillips of Gymnastics Olympia; and 13-year-old division – Brandon Briones of USA Youth Fitness Center. The 2014 Men’s National Coaches Workshop is being held in conjunction with the Future Stars Championships.
In the 10-year-old division, Karnes posted an 85.050 to win the all-around for the division. Denis Irimiea of Universal Gymnastics took second at 84.150, finishing just ahead of Asher Hong, who was third at 84.050.
Lasic-Ellis, who was the 2013 10-year-old champion, won the all-around crown for the 11-year-old division by earning 82.550 points. Isaiah Drake of Gymnastics Olympia finished in second place at 81.900. Rounding out the top three was Murun Jamiyankhuu of Lake Shore Academy, who tallied 81.600 points.
Phillips edged past Evan Ng of Lake Shore Academy to grab the 12-year-old title, 82.300 to 82.200. Garrett Braunton of Black Hills Gymnastics was not far behind at 81.900.
Briones captured the 13-year-old division title with his 82.850 points. This is Briones third straight all-around Future Stars title – he won the 11- and 12-year-old gold medals in 2012-13, respectively, and was third in 2011 for 10 year-olds. Second went to Troy Jenkins of Black Hills Gymnastics (82.150). Paul Juda of Buffalo Grove finished on the heels of Jenkins at 81.100.
The Future Stars National Championships features the USA's best 10-, 11- and 12-13-year-olds who perform special Future Stars competitive routines. Based on the results at the championships, USA Gymnastics identifies the Future Stars Developmental Team, which includes the top 18 gymnasts in both the 10- and 11-year-old divisions, 14 gymnasts in the 12-year-old division, and the top six gymnasts in the 13-year-old division. The top nine athletes in the 10- and 11-year-old divisions, the top seven athletes in the 12-year-old division, and top three athletes in the 13-year-old division will be invited to a special Future Stars camp to be held at the USOTC next summer.
The National Coaches Workshop is the premier educational event for the men's program. Also, Future Stars athletes and their parents participate in workshop activities that feature lectures, technical presentations, and hands-on coaching sessions.
The Future Stars program is designed is to identify talented athletes and to get them started on the right developmental path to national and international success. The program uses a special competitive routine format to evaluate the skill, strength and flexibility development of the athlete.