2016 Olympian and four-time World Cup medalist Laura Zeng of Libertyville, Ill./North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center, is nominated for the U.S. Olympic Committee’s Best of April Award. The Team USA Awards recognize the outstanding achievements of U.S. athletes from last month. Fans can vote for Zeng at TeamUSA.org/Awards. Voting ends Monday, May 8 at 11:59 p.m. ET.
Zeng, the most decorated U.S. rhythmic gymnast, won seven medals (4 gold and 3 bronze) for Team USA in April. She claimed two bronze medals (hoop and clubs) at the 2017 Pesaro World Cup and finished fourth in the all-around, the highest finish ever by an American. The medals are Zeng’s third and fourth career World Cup medals, respectively. She is the only U.S. competitor ever to win rhythmic medals in the World Cup series. Zeng followed her World Cup success by winning five medals (4 gold and 1 bronze) at the 2017 MTM Ljubljana International Tournament. She tallied a 68.150 to win the all-around gold medal and posted the top event scores on hoop (17.700), ball (17.200), and clubs (17.300), in addition to the third highest ribbon score (15.950).
Based in Indianapolis, USA Gymnastics is the national governing body for gymnastics in the United States. Its mission is to encourage participation and the pursuit of excellence in the sport. Its disciplines include men’s and women’s artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, trampoline and tumbling, acrobatic gymnastics, and Gymnastics for All (formerly known as group gymnastics). For more information, log on to www.usagym.org.