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Secret Classic Preview

Saturday will be the premier of the USA gymnastics will kick off championship season season starting with the Secret Classic,  final qualifier to the P&G Championships, for the women.

It's the year before the Olympics, so it's very likely we will see contenders for the Olympic team performing at the meet. There are a plethora of newbies as well as some returning heavy hitters, all of whom have the ultimate goal, to be named to the world championships team for the USA.


The Returning Players:

Perhaps the biggest story coming from this meet is the return of world and Olympic Champions. For the first time since Jesolo, Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas and Simone Biles will be in the same room and competing at the same meet. Simone, the current two time world all-around champion and Gabby the current Olympic All-around champion, will begin their bid for a spot on the 2015 World Championship team.  Gabby and Simone competed together for team USA at the City of Jesolo Trophy where team USA won the gold.

Also returning from a successful season at the University of Oklahoma, Brenna Dowell is making another go at the worlds' team. Shocking? Meh, not really. Brenna was named to the 2013 World Championships and was made an alternate. She tried last year, but was not named to the team after an inconsistent performance at P&G Championships. She proved to be a valuable part of the Sooners' successful (almost) undefeated season. Most likely, she's going to want to make the team for bars, but she's facing stiff competition since there now seems to be a whole slew of bar workers in the USA.

Returning to competition for the first time since 2012 will be Sabrina Vega. Sabrina was a part of the 2011 Tokyo World Championship team where the team brought home the gold medal. Sabrina competed at Olympic Trials and did not make the team. She moved from her gym in New York to train at GAGE with Al and Armine Fong, where she's been since 2013. She confirmed via her Twitter account that she would be competing at Classics, although she won't perform in the all-around. For her, this is kind of a fresh start. Since she hasn't competed in so long, no one is sure what to expect from her.

Newbies:

Bailie Key, the queen of the juniors, undefeated until she sat out the last year of her junior tenure. She made her senior debut in Jesolo and she won a gold medal with the team and took home an individual silver for the all-around and uneven bars. It will be interesting to see Bailie, junior miss "I win everything all the day" competing with the big kids.

Nia Dennis, the owner of the most amazing standing Arabian on beam (besides Rheagan Courville). She recently switched from training at Buckeye with Gabby Douglas and a small army of tiny gymnasts to training at Legacy Elite (home of Anna Li and the Caquatto sisters).

The Full Senior Roster (via secretclassic.com)
2014 Secret U.S. Classic senior athlete roster
(by state; name, hometown, state/club, level)
Arizona
MyKayla Skinner, Gilbert, Ariz./Desert Lights Gymnastics
California
Kylie Dickson, Los Angeles, Calif./All Olympia AOGC
Gabrielle Douglas, Tarzana, Calif./Buckeye Gymnastics
Felicia Hano, San Gabriel, Calif./Gym-Max Gymnastics
Alaina Kwan, Cypress, Calif./All Olympia AOGC
Lauren Navarro, La Verne, Calif./Gliders Charter Oak Gymnastics
Kyla Ross, Aliso Viejo, Calif./Gym-Max Gymnastics
Colorado
Polina Shchennikova, Evergreen, Colo./TIGAR
Illinois
Marissa Oakley, Oswego, Ill./Phenom Gymnastics
Massachusetts
Alexandra Raisman, Needham, Mass./Brestyan’s American Gymnastics
Minnesota
Maggie Nichols, Little Canada, Minn./Twin City Twisters
Lexy Ramler, St. Michael, Minn./KidSport LLC
Missouri
Brenna Dowell, Odessa, Mo./Great American Gymn. Express
North Carolina
Ashton Locklear, Hamlet, N.C./Everest Gymnastics
Ohio
Nia Dennis, Westerville, Ohio/Buckeye Gymnastics
Pennsylvania
Taylor Lawson, Macungie, Pa./Parkettes National Gymnastics Center
Texas
Alyssa Baumann, Plano, Texas/WOGA
Simone Biles, Spring, Texas/World Champions Centre
Bailie Key, Montgomery, Texas/Texas Dreams
Madison Kocian, Plano, Texas/WOGA

Junior Roster:
Shania Adams, Buckeye Gymnastics
Alyssa Al-Ashari, Twistars USA
Elena Arenas, Georgia Elite
Aria Brusch, Cincinnati Gymnastics
Chae Campbell, Metroplex Gymnastics
Jordan Chiles, Naydenov
Kaitlin DeGuzman, Metroplex Gymnastics
Christina Desiderio, Parkettes
Olivia Dunne, ENA Paramus
Bailey Ferrer, Orlando Metro
Norah Flatley, Chow’s Gymnastics
Colbi Flory, Texas Dreams
Jazmyn Foberg, MG Elite
Margzetta Frazier, Parkettes
Megan Freed, Parkettes
Emily Gaskins, North Port Gym
Jaylene Gilstrap, Metroplex Gymnastics
Laurie Hernandez, MG Elite
Anna Huber, Rochester Gymnastics
Morgan Hurd, First State
Sydney Johnson-Scharpf, Brandy Johnson’s
Shilese Jones, Buckeye Gymnastics
Hannah Joyner, World Champions
Adeline Kenlin, Iowa Gym-Nest
Emma Malabuyo, Texas Dreams
Maggie Musselman, Hill’s Gymnastics
Tienna Nguyen, Zenith Elite
Victoria Nguyen, Chow’s Gymnastics
Maile O’Keefe, Salcianu Gymnastics
Abby Paulson, Twin City Twisters
Gabby Perea, Legacy Elite
Adriana Popp, Girls Co-Op
Grace Quinn, Texas Dreams
Madison Rau, World Champions
Alyona Shchennikova, TIGAR
Caitlin Smith, Paramount Elite
Ragan Smith, Texas Dreams
Deanne Soza, Arete
Tori Tatum, Twin City Twisters
Trinity Thomas, Prestige
Abigail Walker, Texas Dreams







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