Biles Headlines Next Week’s U.S. Classic

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The ten-time world champion Simone Biles will headline the field at next weekend’s Secret U.S. Classic in Hartford, Conn., where 2012 Olympic gold medalists Gabby Douglas and Aly Raisman are also set to compete.

These three are joined by their 2015 worlds teammates and gold medalists Madison Kocian, Brenna Dowell, and MyKayla Skinner as well as 2014 gold medalists Ashton Locklear and Alyssa Baumann. The senior field will also include first-year seniors Laurie Hernandez and Ragan Smith, both of whom competed as part of the Jesolo and Pac Rims teams earlier this spring, as well as Jazmyn Foberg, who will make her senior debut in Hartford.

The junior field will include Jordan Chiles, Deanne Soza, Emma Malabuyo, Trinity Thomas, and Gabby Perea, all of whom had strong performances at Gymnix and Jesolo earlier this year, as well as Morgan Hurd, who won the American Classic held at the ranch in Huntsville, Texas earlier this month.

Notably missing from the roster is the injured Maggie Nichols, who only just got back to training a couple of weeks ago and hopes to continue her fight for a spot on the Olympic team at nationals and Olympic Trials. Norah Flatley, a first-year senior who has been out for much of the year due to an injury of her own, is also not included, nor is Bailie Key, though coach Kim Zmeskal-Burdette of Texas Dreams tweeted that Key will indeed compete.

A full list of all senior and junior competitors is below. The U.S. Classic will be held at the XL Center in Hartford on June 4.

Seniors

Alyssa Baumann, WOGA Sydney Johnson-Scharpf, Brandy Johnson’s
Simone Biles, World Champions Madison Kocian, WOGA
Leah Clapper, Gym America Ashton Locklear, Everest
Kaitlin DeGuzman, Metroplex Maggie Musselman, Hill’s
Christina Desiderio, Parkettes Lauren Navarro, Gliders Charter Oak
Gabby Douglas, Buckeye Abby Paulson, Twin City Twisters
Brenna Dowell, GAGE Aly Raisman, Brestyan’s
Jazmyn Foberg, MG Elite Lexy Ramler, KidSport
Margzetta Frazier, Parkettes Emily Schild, Everest
Emily Gaskins, Palm Beach MyKayla Skinner, Desert Lights
Rachel Gowey, Chow’s Ragan Smith, Texas Dreams
Laurie Hernandez, MG Elite Olivia Trautman, Twin City Twisters
Amelia Hundley, Cincinnati

Juniors

Shania Adams, Buckeye Adeline Kenlin, Iowa Gym-Nest
Alyssa Al-Ashari, Geddert’s Twistars Ellie Lazzari, Gym Nasti
Irina Alexeeva, WOGA Emily Lee, West Valley
Elena Arenas, Georgia Elite Sunisa Lee, Midwest
Cael Bixler, Prestige Lauren Letzsch, TIGAR
Sloane Blakely, WOGA Lauren Little, Everest
Aria Brusch, Cincinnati Isabel Mabanta, Metroplex
Chae Campbell, Metroplex Cameron Machado, First State
Jordan Chiles, Naydenov Emma Malabuyo, Texas Dreams
Audrey Davis, WOGA Jaymes Marshall, TIGAR
Kinsey Davis, KPAC Riley McCusker, MG Elite
Olivia Dunne, ENA Paramus Deiah-Marie Moody, WOGA
Frida Esparza, Head Over Heels Victoria Nguyen, Chow’s
Colbi Flory, Texas Dreams Maile O’Keefe, Salcianu
Megan Freed, Parkettes Gabby Perea, Legacy Elite
Jaylene Gilstrap, Metroplex Abigail Scanlon, Capital
Maeve Hahn, First in Flight Alyona Shchennikova, 5280
Olivia Hollingsworth, Stars Houston Caitlin Smith, Paramount Elite
Lilly Hudson, VEGA Deanne Soza, Arete
Morgan Hurd, First State Kalyany Steele, Colorado Aerials
Kiya Johnson, Texas Dreams Tori Tatum, Twin City Twisters
Madeleine Johnston, Hill’s Trinity Thomas, Prestige
Shilese Jones, Buckeye Abigail Walker, Texas Dreams
Hannah Joyner, World Champions

Article by Lauren Hopkins

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7 thoughts on “Biles Headlines Next Week’s U.S. Classic

  1. Acording to the list on usagym.org , Flately is competing. Is this true? Also is Christina Desiderio competing? I know she made the national junior team last year but I haven’t heard/seen from her since.

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  2. Can’t believe Norah is out 😦 apparently Marta told a few girls at camp they were unlikely to make the team, so they can start planning for college etc. Maybe Norah was one of them

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