Two of the most prominent US juniors, Ragan Smith and Jordan Chiles will be representing team USA at Top Gym in Belgium; a rare showing of USA juniors outside Jesolo and a few scattered international and national competitions.
Ragan, who will turn senior this coming year, placed third in the junior division at this year’s P&G Championships. She trains at Texas Dreams under the tutelage of 1991 World Champion, Kim Zmeskal and her husband, Chris Burdette.
Jordan will turn senior in enough time to compete for Team USA in Rio, but will turn senior in 2017. She trains at Naydenov Gymnastics in Vancouver, Washington. She won the junior title at the Secret Classic in 2014.
Top Gym will be held Nov 28-29 in Charleroi, Belgium. Gymnastike will live stream the event. The competition format is unique due to the fact that all-around competition will be held on Day One. Day two will feature event finals and a team competition. The team composition will feature four athletes. So countries that are sending only two delegates will pair up to form mixed country teams.
The format per Gymnastike, is two up two count and each athlete on the team must compete at least one event. So hypothetically, Ragan and Jordan could be paired with Russian delegates, Anastasia Iliankova nd Uliana Perebinosova and form a mini super team.
For more information and for a full list of competitors visit Gymnastike.org. (Live streaming times are also listed here as well).