HUNTSVILLE, Texas, Sept. 16, 2015 – The World Championship Training Squad participated in the Women’s National Team training camp that wrapped up today at the USA Gymnastics National Team Training Center at the Karolyi Ranch, a United States Olympic Committee training site, in Huntsville, Texas. Led by Women’s National Team Coordinator Martha Karolyi, the camp is the final camp prior to the World Team Selection Camp, Oct. 6-9.
In preparation for the World Team Selection Camp, the camp featured verification on all four events. Special work was done to achieve maximum consistency and fine-tuning routines to reach world-class execution. The World Championships begin on Oct. 23, with the women competing in the qualification round on Oct. 24.
After completion of routine verification, two-time World all-around champion Simone Biles of Spring, Texas/World Champions Centre, 2012 Olympic all-around champion Gabrielle Douglas of Virginia Beach, Va./Buckeye Gymnastics, and Olympic floor exercise champion Aly Raisman of Needham, Mass./Brestyan’s American Gymnastics, placed in the top three.
In addition, three Junior National Team members Lauren Hernandez of Old Bridge, N.J./MG Elite, Jazmyn Foberg of Bayville, N.J./MG Elite, and Ragan Smith of Lewisville, Texas/Texas Dreams Gymnastics, participated as part of their international competition preparation. 2015 U.S. junior all-around gold and silver medalists Hernandez and Foberg, respectively, will represent the USA at the International Junior Japan Meet, Sept. 22-23 in Yokohama, Japan. 2015 U.S. junior all-around bronze medalist Smith, who is the alternate to Japan, will compete in the 2015 Top Gym meet in Charleroi, Belgium, Nov. 28-29, along with Jordan Chiles of Vancouver, Wash./Naydenov.
The complete September camp roster is listed below.
Alyssa Baumann, Plano, Texas/WOGA
Simone Biles, Spring, Texas/World Champions Gym
Nia Dennis, Westerville, Ohio/Legacy Elite Gymnastics
Gabrielle Douglas, Virginia Beach, Va./Buckeye Gymnastics
Brenna Dowell, Odessa, Mo./GAGE
Jazmyn Foberg, Bayville, N.J./MG Elite*
Rachel Gowey, Urbandale, Iowa/Chow’s Gymnastics
Lauren Hernandez, Old Bridge, N.J./MG Elite*
Bailie Key, Montgomery, Texas/Texas Dreams Gymnastics
Madison Kocian, Dallas/WOGA
Ashton Locklear, Hamlet, N.C./Everest Gymnastics
Maggie Nichols, Little Canada, Minn./Twin City Twisters
Aly Raisman, Needham, Mass./Brestyan’s American Gymnastics
Kyla Ross, Aliso Viejo, Calif./Gym-Max
MyKayla Skinner, Gilbert, Ariz./Desert Lights Gymnastics
Ragan Smith, Lewisville, Texas/Texas Dreams Gymnastics*
*denotes member of the U.S. Junior National Team