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Juniors To Watch: Polina Shchennikova

Age: 15
Residence: Arvada, Colorado
Club: Tigars Gymnastics and Cheer
Coaches: Mom Katia and father Alex
Born in Moscow, Russia

The inaugural junior to watch is Mile-High city gymnast, Polina Shchennikova.

Polina's backgroud is much like that of 2008 Olympic All-Around Champion, Nastia Liukin. So much so, that Polina is referred to as "Baby Nastia" around the Gymternet.  Like Nastia, she is the daughter of two former junior soviet gymnasts and it shows in her gymnastics. She exhibits beautiful long lines and flexibly and elegance that is reminiscent of the artistry of the Soviet Union gymnastics machine.

Polina was born in Moscow, Russia in 1998. By this time, the Soviet Union was a memory written about in history books. Polina's two sisters, Kristina and Alonya who are also gymnasts Alonya is a level 10 gymnast in the Hopes program. Kristina is a level four.

Polina will turn senior next year. Hopefully, we will see her making that worlds team and bringing those beautiful lines and exquisite artistry to Team USA's palette. 

She trains at Tigars Gymnastics in Wheatridge and calls Arvada home.

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