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Juniors To Watch: Bailie Key

For this edition of juniors to watch, the featured gymnast is Texas Dreams' Bailie Key.

 Vital Statistics:
Date of Birth: March 16, 1999
Birthplace: Augusta, GA
Current Residence: Montgomery, TX
Club: Texas Dreams
Coaches: Chris Burdette and Kim Zmeskal-Burdette

 Fourteen-year-old Bailie trains under the tutelage of former World Champion, Kim Zmeskal and her husband, Chris Burdette.

Bailie started gymnastics much like many gymnasts, as a child she had lots of expendable energy and was doing tricks of the couch on her head and her parents enrolled her in gymnastics so she'd have a place practice her tricks safely.

Young Bailie is a rising star on the USA Gymnastics team and she recently gained a lot of attention for her performance at the Secret Classic, the final qualifier for the national championships, which she won with a case of the stomach flu.  Her favorite event is the balance beam and it shows. On the beam, the teenager performs with the grace and elegance of a young woman.

Internationally, Bailie competed at the City of Jesolo Cup in 2012 and 2013. She took home a team gold in 2012. Individually, Bailie took home bronze in the all-around. At this year's competition, she took home an all-round gold and two more golds for beam and floor, as well as a bronze for the uneven bars.

The high school freshman will turn senior in 2015, in enough time to qualify for the World Championships. Her ultimate goal is to represent the US in 2016 at the Rio Olympics.

Read Also:
Bailie Key: The Official Site
USA Gymnastics: Bailie Key

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