Gymnastics

5 Gymnasts That Stood Out at J.O. Nationals 2015

Last week, the Level 10 Nationals – also known as J.O. (Junior Olympic) Nationals – took place in Des Moines, Iowa. In the United States, Level 10 is the level just below elite — the level from which the world and Olympic teams are chosen. The competition is always a showcase of how deep the gymnastics talent pool is in the U.S.

The states are divided into 8 region teams. Each region has 56 gymnasts. Those 56 team members are further broken down into 8 age groups (7 in each group). Here were the age breakdowns for 2015:

Junior A – July 1, 2001 and later
Junior B – June 1, 2000 to June 30, 2001
Junior C – September 1, 1999 to May 31, 2000
Junior D – January 1, 1999 to August 31, 1999
Senior A – June 1, 1998 to December 31, 1998
Senior B – November 1, 1997 to May 31, 1998
Senior C – April 1, 1997 to October 31, 1997
Senior D – March 31, 1997 and earlier

Despite there being so much talent and good gymnastics happening, a number of gymnasts inevitably find a way to stand out. Here are 5 that stood out to me.

I’ll start with a couple of “babies”: Eliana Lazzari of GymNasti and Alyssa Al-Ashari of Twistars. Both of whom were Junior As this year. Continue reading “5 Gymnasts That Stood Out at J.O. Nationals 2015”

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