COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., July 9, 2019 – Nine members of the U.S. Junior National Team are participating in a Level 10 Junior National Team Training Camp at the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., July 7-11. The camp will evaluate routine composition and skill development, strength and flexibility and drills related to national team development goals.
Camp attendees Isaiah Drake of Los Angeles/Gymnastics Olympica USA, and Khoi Young of Bowie, Md./Sportsplex Gymnastics, were members of the U.S. Team that competed in the Junior World Championships in Gyor, Hungary, last month. Also participating in the camp are Laz Barnhill of Houston/University of Oklahoma; Brandon Briones of Gilbert, Ariz./Aspire Kids Sports Center; Taylor Burkhart of Morrison, Colo./5280 Gymnastics; J.R. Chou, Cypress, Texas/Stanford University; Nick Kuebler of Seattle, Wash./Metropolitan Gymnastics; Brandon Nguyen of Elk Grove, Calif./Elevate Gymnastics Academy; and Colt Walker of Cedar Park, Texas/AcroTex Gymnastics.
“With the timing of this camp, our focus is on the review of the first-ever Junior World Championships,” said Junior Olympic Program Coordinator Dusty Ritter, who is overseeing the camp, “and renewing our national team focus for the coming year with greater emphasis on skill and start value development.
“The rest of the world has demonstrated attention to detail and a high level of physical preparedness that we hope to achieve with our up and coming junior program. These Level 10s have made significant strides and offer extremely valuable insight to help clarify our team expectations moving forward for our up-and-coming generations.”