HUNTSVILLE, Texas, May 15, 2017 – The May U.S. Women’s Developmental Camp was held last week at USA Gymnastics National Team Training Center at the Karolyi Ranch, a U.S. Olympic Training Site. Many of the athletes competed at the Women’s Junior Olympic National Championships in Indianapolis prior to heading to camp. Thirty-three athletes participated in the five-day camp with two-a-day training sessions led by National Team Coordinator Valeri Liukin and the national coaching staff.

Each camp begins with physical abilities testing. Myli Lew of San Mateo Gymnastics placed first in testing, followed by Vika Smirnov of Shooting Stars Gymnastics. Third place was Ui Soma of San Mateo Gymnastics. Azaraya Ra-Akbar of Hill’s Gymnastics was selected most improved camper by the national coaching staff.

Routine verification was held at this camp, as many of the athletes and coaches are preparing for the final National Qualifier at Parkettes National Gymnastics Center.

The next Developmental Camp will take place in June. The athletes and coaches are preparing for the elite season this summer, starting with the Hopes Classic and American Classic. Both events are scheduled for the USA Gymnastics National Training Center in July.