The TOPs B Team camp took place Dec. 7-11 at the USA Gymnastics National Team Training Center at the Karolyi Ranch, an official U.S. Olympic Training site. The 61 athletes earned their spot on the TOPs B Team by their placement at TOPs National Testing in October. The camp was led under the direction of 1988 Olympic gold medalist Valeri Liukin, Developmental Team Coordinator. Liukin was joined by members of the National Coaching Staff to train the athletes and educate their coaches in basic and optional skill progressions. Coaches’ lectures were held after every training session. Athletes were involved in team bonding activities in between training sessions.
All the gymnasts received TOPs National Team apparel, which included an exclusively designed leotard provided by GK Elite. GK Elite has sponsored the TOPs Program for many years, and USA Gymnastics appreciates their continued support.
The camp concludes tomorrow with a presentation of athletes and skits performed by the various cabin groups. Parents are able to watch the last afternoon training session, attend the presentation and meet the National Coaching Staff.
Many of these athletes were invited to attend the Development Invite Camps to be held in May and August next year.