The First National Team Camp of the Quad


Last week, the very first U.S. women’s national team camp of the new quad was held at the ranch in Huntsville, Texas.

In addition to it being the first time these gymnasts have met since the Olympic Games in August, this was the first camp that saw new national team coordinator Valeri Liukin in charge, the second to lead the way in the current system founded in 2001 by Martha Karolyi, who retired following a U.S. record-breaking nine medals at the 2016 Olympic Games. Liukin has been preparing for this role since 2013, when he took over the responsibility of running the developmental program from Karolyi.

As the first camp back, most of the athletes and coaches were simply trying to get back into the swing of things as they prepare for the elite season in 2017, when the Code of Points will bring along quite a few changes that will switch things up for all of the young women going forward.

“The focus of the camp will be to help provide guidance on skill selection and proper execution, along with feedback for routine construction…under a new Code of Points,” according to USA Gymnastics. The camp also featured physical abilities testing, but there were no full routines at this stage.

The camp, which ended yesterday, was the first of three left this year, with one also held at the end of October and the final camp held following Thanksgiving.

Christina Desiderio and Emily Schild are┬áthe only senior national team members and gymnasts who competed at the U.S. Olympic Trials to return for this camp. The junior national team gymnasts in attendance included Shania Adams, Jordan Chiles, Morgan Hurd, Emma Malabuyo, Maile O’Keefe, Gabby Perea, and Trinity Thomas. The camp also marked the return appearance of senior Norah Flatley, who was once seen as a strong Olympic contender, but was sidelined due to injury this year.

A full list of all 24 national camp attendees is below.

Christina Desiderio, Parkettes
Norah Flatley, Chow’s
Margzetta Frazier, Parkettes
Sydney Johnson-Scharpf, Brandy Johnson’s
Abby Paulson, Twin City Twisters
Lexy Ramler, KidSport
Emily Schild, Everest
Olivia Trautman, Twin City Twisters
Shania Adams, Buckeye*
Sloane Blakely, WOGA
Jordan Chiles, Naydenov*
Olivia Dunne, ENA Paramus
Colbi Flory, Texas Dreams
Morgan Hurd, First State*
Madeleine Johnston, Hill’s
Shilese Jones, Buckeye
Sunisa Lee, Midwest
Lauren Little, Everest
Emma Malabuyo, Texas Dreams
Victoria Nguyen, Chow’s*
Maile O’Keefe, Salcianu
Gabby Perea, Legacy Elite
Alyona Shchennikova, 5280*
Trinity Thomas, Prestige*

*Turns senior in 2017.

Article by Lauren Hopkins


10 thoughts on “The First National Team Camp of the Quad

  1. Just seeing Morgan Hurd at the National Team Camp makes me so happy inside! Her level gymnastics has grown so much since the 2014 Nastia Likun Cup.


  2. When do the 2017 new seniors count as seniors in training camps? In January? Also, great to see Norah back, I really hope she competes this season!


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