The gymnasts set to compete in the international session at this year’s WOGA Classic have been confirmed.
17 seniors and 13 juniors will contend this weekend, including three-time world gold medalst and 2015 uneven bars co-champion Madison Kocian alongside fellow Olympic hopeful teammate 2014 world gold medalist Alyssa Baumann. WOGA will also send Irina Alexeeva, who qualified to elite and to the Secret U.S. Classic at the Gliders Invitational over the weekend, as well as elite hopeful Sloane Blakely.
You’ll also recognize some familiar international names on the roster, including the legendary Oksana Chusovitina of Uzbekistan, the 40-year-old who is preparing for her seventh Olympic Games after competing in every Games since 1992. She will contend once again at the Olympic test event this April, where she’ll have to compete in the all-around in order to earn a spot, and is using several competitions in the next couple of months to get in some practice along the way.
The powerful vaulter Alexa Moreno of Mexico will also compete, as will Olympic test event contenders Thema Williams and Marisa Dick of Trindad & Tobago, the new Canadian senior Shallon Olsen, French worlds team member Loan His and her first-year senior teammate Oreane Lechenault, worlds team member Thea Nygaard of Norway, and Japan’s top new senior elites Koko Dobashi and Nagi Kajita.
The WOGA Classic, a big weekend for Junior Olympic competitors, will feature its international elite competition on the evening of Saturday February 13 in Frisco, Texas. The full list of competitors is below. For more information, visit our coverage guide.
|Alyssa Baumann, WOGA, United States||Irina Alexeeva, WOGA, United States|
|Seina Cho, Omega, Canada||Adriana Almeida, Tumble Bees, United States|
|Oksana Chusovitina, Uzbekistan||Paulina Aranda, Agimnasia, Mexico|
|Marisa Dick, Trinidad & Tobago||Sloane Blakely, WOGA, Untied States|
|Koko Dobashi, AJG, Japan||Tatiana Corujo, Tumble Bees, United States|
|Aoi Furuyama, AJG, Japan||Haley de Jong, Flicka, Canada|
|Yuna Hiraiwa, AJG, Japan||Marthe Hoskens, De Gympies, Belgium|
|Loan His, France||Ilka Juk, Omega, Canada|
|Nagi Kajita, AJG, Japan||Mari Kanter, Holmen, Norway|
|Madison Kocian, WOGA, United States||Louise Lopez, Agimnasia, Mexico|
|Oreane Lechenault, France||Jimena Moreno, Agimnasia, Mexico|
|Brenda Medina, Areba, Mexico||Jazibe Sandoval, Agimnasia, Mexico|
|Alexa Moreno, Agimnasia, Mexico||Anne Tingvold, Holmen, Norway|
|Thea Nygaard, Holmen, Norway|
|Shallon Olsen, Omega, Canada|
|Ingrid von Hafenbradl, Holmen, Norway|
|Thema Williams, Trinidad & Tobago|
Article by Lauren Hopkins