Uemura, Karnes, Lasic-Ellis, Phillips win 2015 Future Stars all-around crowns
posted on 11/14/2015

© Steve Lange

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., Nov. 13, 2015 – Kai Uemura of Lake Shore Academy, Joshua Karnes of Lakers Gymnastics, Ian Lasic-Ellis of New England Sports Academy, and Samuel Phillips of Gymnastics Olympica won the 10-, 11-, 12-, and 13-year-old all-around titles, respectively, at the 2015 Future Stars National Championships at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. The Future Stars National Championships is held in conjunction with the National Coaches Workshop, the premier educational event for the men's program.

In the 10-year-old division, Uemura won the all-around title with an 83.450. Vahe Petrosyan of Gymnastics Olympica finished just behind him with 83.200. Jayson Flack of 5280 Gymnastics was third at 82.650.

Karnes, who was the 10-year-old all-around champ in 2014, claimed the 11-year-old all-around top spot by posting an 84.250. Asher Hong of WOGA Frisco scored an 83.500 for second, and Denis Irimiea of Universal Gymnastics was third with 82.450.

For the third straight year, Lasic-Ellis has won his Future Stars division title (2013, 10-year; 2014, 11-year). For the 12-year-old crown, Lasic-Ellis tallied an 84.000 for first, followed by Lake Shore Academy’s Cody Troha (83.050) and Universal’s Javier Alfonso (82.850) in second and third, respectively.

Phillips garnered his second straight Future Stars all-around gold when he won the 13-year-old title with an 82.600 total. Michael Jaroh of Michigan Elite Gymnastics Academy took second with 81.150. Rounding out the medals podium was Travis Wong of Universal Gymnastics (80.550).

The Future Stars National Championships showcase the USA's top 10-, 11-, 12- and 13-year-old male gymnasts who perform special Future Stars competitive routines. Based on the results at the championships, USA Gymnastics identifies the Junior National Developmental Team, which includes the top 16 gymnasts in both the 10- and 11-year-old divisions, 12 gymnasts in the 12-year-old division, and the top six gymnasts in the 13-year-old division. The top eight athletes in the 10- and 11-year-old divisions, the top six 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.

In addition to the competition, Future Stars athletes and their parents participate in workshop activities that feature lectures, technical presentations, and hands-on coaching sessions. Presenters include Junior National Coaching Staff members, National Team coaches, sports science personnel, U.S. Olympic Committee staff and special guests.

The Future Stars program is designed is to identify talented athletes and to start them 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 elite athlete.