Turning Senior in 2021

Konnor McClain

In just over a month, tons of international elites are going to graduate from the junior to senior ranks. I’m sure we can all recall the debuts of some of these kids, especially those who burst onto the scene with insane talent and potential, and now here they are, all grown up and age-eligible for senior international competition?!

Below are all of the active gymnasts born in 2005, listed in alphabetical order by country. Note that this list includes everyone who has competed at the national level in their respective programs, but many gymnasts listed are not on the national team and may not ever compete internationally. Additionally, while everyone on this list has competed within the past two years, there is a chance that some have possibly retired since last competing. We include everyone just in case, however, and you can feel free to let us know in the comments if we’ve missed anyone. Who are you most excited to see?

ARGENTINA
Brisa Carraro
Malena Harte
Leila Martinez
Meline Mesropian
Rocio Saucedo
Manuela Sierra
AUSTRALIA
Lucy Stewart
AUSTRIA
Lara Argentais
Miriam Bernhard
Tamina Christ
Iris Leiner
Miriam Markovic
Anna Marksteiner
Charlize Mörz
Javzandolgor Ochirsukh
Anna Panauer
Nikolett Puruczki
Alija Schwaninger
Cornelia Strasser
AZERBAIJAN
Milana Minakovskaya
BELARUS
Lizaveta Babareka
Yelizaveta Brunina
Sofiya Krutsel
Tatiana Levchuk
Maryia Lira
Yuliya Lukhtan
Aliaksandra Rymashevskaya
Hanna Rymashevskaya
Anastasiya Smantsar
Katsiaryna Smuraha
Katsiaryna Yesis
BELGIUM
Charlotte Beydts
Margaux Dandois
Kato de Laet
Luna de Leus
Wine Dierick
Calisse Kums
Keziah Langendock
Elena Stegeman
Joey van Broeckhoven
Jutta Verkest
BRAZIL
Julia Atanazio
Camile Fonseca
Julia Godoi
Ana Luiza Lima
Marcela Meireles
Yasmin Santos
Maria Rita Simao
Julia Soares
Maria Eduarda Tavares
BULGARIA
Viktoria Chakova
Darina Nachina
Elizabet Nikolova
CANADA
Evie Astle
Charlie-Ann Barbeau
Jayne Carvell
Maria Chronopolous
Zoé Cotnoir
Marisa DeGroot
Kennedy Duke
Scarlett Earl
Marissa Engh
Julia Gillies
Audrey Grimard
Reese Grolla
Makenna Guidish
Jordis Kliewer
Kahlyn Lawson
Cassie Lee
Rylee Miller
Nyla Morabito
Elizabeth Noble
Kiora Peart-Williams
Raphaelle Perreault
Maya Peters
Daryna Porada
Malayna Ramos
Clara Raposo
Samantha Reitsema
Jovie Richardson
Jenna Sartoretto
Ava Stewart
Sydney Turner
Jada Yip-Janniere
Maya Zonneveld
CHILE
Antonia Marihuan Constanza Merino
CHINA
Chen Yuanyuan
Deng Xue
Gao Siqi
He Jinqi
He Zixuan
Huang Qinyan
Li Yanan
Li Yangyang
Liu Shanshan
Liu Sibei
Liu Sijia (Shanxi)
Liu Sijia (Tianjin)
Liu Yahui
Liu Yongtong
Luo Rui
Meng Shangrong
Qin Yuejuan
Qiu Yucen
Tang Jiaying
Wan Kexin
Wang Xiaodi
Wu Baiyang
Wu Ran
Xia Kexin
Yang Fanyuwei
Yue Yue
Zhou Yaqin
CHINESE TAIPEI
Hsu Ya-Qing
Lin Yi-Chen
Wang Ya-Hsin
Wang Yu-Ting
Wu Chung-Hui
COLOMBIA
Juliana Ochoa
COSTA RICA
Aaliyah Escoe Maria Zuñiga
CROATIA
Erin Bakran
Antea Ercegovic
Nika Jerman
Liv Petrovic
Tia Senjak
Sara Sulekic
Fani Vilicic
CYPRUS
Evangelina Dimitriou Artemis Georgiou
CZECH REPUBLIC
Karla Adamikova
Leontyna Cernocka
Klara Duskova
Marta Frankova
Daniela Halova
Zuzana Navratova
Eliska Ottova
Aneta Skubalova
Lucie Trnkova
DENMARK
Cecilie Bergholt
Katrine Bergholt
Ella Bertelsen
Sarah Frøslev
Dagmar Hansen
Dagmar Jensen
Camille Normann
Josephine Sørensen
Marie Thrane
EGYPT
Jana Aboelhasan
Farida Aly
Jannah Amen
Farida Dabour
Nadine Elembaby
Nour Gabr
Nagham Gohar
Mariam Omar
Nabila Ramadan
FINLAND
Hilla-Reetta Aho
Minea Antila
Misella Antila
Alexandra Haranen
Aura Heikkilä
Titta Heino
Isabel Kallio
Ilona Kossila
Pihla Kunnari
Maisa Kuusikko
Elin Pawli
Daniella Sinivuori
Kaia Tanskanen
Pihla Väisänen
FRANCE
Tya-Lynn Amiot
Iman Balde
Lilou Ballin
Maily Berthenet
Lilou Besson
Justine Bonnavaud
Taïs Boura
Elysia Burtin
Mathilde Bylebyl
Nina Camilleri
Emma Cozzi
Maeva Guery
Djenna Laroui
Chloe Le Rolland
Lucille Loose
Lou Marzalec
Silane Mielle
Clarisse Passeron
Cara Ratefiarivony
Elena Santinelli
Elsa Viala
GERMANY
Nellie Adrian
Nora Bauerfeld
Timea Bertalan
Marielle Billet
Julia Birck
Nancy Ceynowa
Anastassia Cybin
Reese Dinter
Jamie Lynn Doberstein
Vi Anh Duong
Oona Devi Fey
Leni Fincke
Lia Frasch
Melissa Friesen
Lilit Gartmann
Stefanie Gil
Maja Graf
Lona Häcker
Maike Halbisch
Alina Hergert
Carla Hornung
Luisa Huber
Alisha Igüs
Tabea Landau
Neele Leidlein
Nina Lührmann
Stella McLean
Fanny Mewes
Seyna N’Doye
Mia Neumann
Mia Pialek
Lilly Pöpperl
Tabea Preuss
Lea Marie Quaas
Klara Quach
Noemi Rapp
Lilianne Rau
Maya Reichwald
Lana Schissel
Alina Schlegel
Jessica Schlegel
Karina Schönmaier
Julia Tabea Stein
Chiara Strecker
Sophia Tansomskun
Alexandra Tcherniakhovski
Selma Tress
Sophia Viertel
Magdalena Wieland
Lea Winter
GREAT BRITAIN
Rosie Bayliss
Eilidh Gorrell
Alia Leat
Lucy Lewis
Teegan Milligan
Laura Nelson
Roxanne Price
Millie Redford
Taylor Richardson
Ruby Stacey
Alice Sumners
Zoe Weir
Isabella Wheeldon
GREECE
Paraskevi Gkini
Konstantina Maragkou
Anastasia Trontsou
Elisavet Zava
GUATEMALA
Daniela Dorigoni
HONG KONG
Pleroma Kaka Wong
HUNGARY
Kornelia Algacs
Zsofia Beres
Csilla Böszörmenyi
Vivien Czelter
Boglarka Giczi
Emma Horvath
Laura Kiss
Eszter Klein
Timea Lukacsi
Anett Nerhof
Roxana Sandor
Nikolett Szilagyi
Anna Szmirnov
Kata Wagner
ICELAND
Hildur Gudmundsdottir
INDONESIA
Vira Aprilia Salsabila Hadi Pamungkas
IRELAND
Caoimhe Donohoe Eve McGibbon
ISRAEL
Evelin Babich
Illy Ezra
Maya Oberman-Etzion
Idan Rakocz
Neta Rotem
ITALY
India Bandiera
Veronica Mandriota
Giulia Messali
Serena Napolitano
Chiara Vincenzi
JAMAICA
Nazstazia Henry
JAPAN
Rin Kawabata
Rino Mizumura
Mana Okamura
Ui Soma
Nozomi Yatabe
KAZAKHSTAN
Elena Bogatyreva
Karakat Egemberdi
Olga Gorbacheva
Anastasiya Koroleva
Zharkent Magawyakizi
Ayana Mamezhanova
Aygerim Muratova
Kazina Mustafa
Balnur Namaz
Esmira Sembekova
KOSOVO
Lisa Zeqiri
LATVIA
Ksenija Bogdanova
Sabine Cinovska
Endija Grantina
Ninelija Hrisafi
Darja Kireicikova
Paula Klavina
Elena Melke
Ineta Miglane
Lilija Ose
Marija Petrovska
Laura Pirkule
Marija Protasenko
Arianna Snesare
LEBANON
Emmanuelle Abi Karam
LITHUANIA
Ula Bikinaite
Gabija Miliunaite
Migle Petrovaite
Orinta Pranckute
Emilija Sciglaite
Dominyka Sokolovaite
MALAYSIA
Nikki Chooi Yan Xin
Ameera Irdina Mazwan
Tashalina Shaharuddin
MALTA
Mirae Micallef
MEXICO
Ximena Alonso
Greys Briceño
Karen Galvez
Amalinally Navarro
Jessica Sanchez
MONGOLIA
Namuunaa Amgalan
NAMIBIA
Janke du Plessis
NETHERLANDS
Esmee Beekhuis
Isa Buiting
Floor de Wolf
Mijke Jansen
Roos Jonker
Mischa Marchena
Cato Polman
Merel Pouw
Yara Rahil
Pleun Reinders
Fenne van Haaren
Alisha van Meel
Guusje Willems
NORWAY
Marthe Bjørgen
Ingrid Haaland-Aas
Jenny Håkegård
Erica Jensen
Guro Nevland
Marie Rønbeck
June Rønning
Mina Sørensen
PANAMA
Nathalie Abrego
PERU
Brissa Portillo Ximena Rengifo
POLAND
Oliwia Bando
Magdalena Goryczka
Anna Hucalo
Julia Kulbacka
Paulina Kuzniak
Majka Majecka
Dagmara Pyzio
Zuzanna Rembowska
Aleksandra Sikora
Maja Skalska
Alicja Szot
Natalia Taranowicz
Brygida Urbanska
PORTUGAL
Francisca Cancela
Mafalda Costa
Maria Mendes
PUERTO RICO
Natalia Delgado Sophia Ocasio
ROMANIA
Maria Ceplinschi
Alina Craciun
Bianca Dorobantu
Luiza Popa
RUSSIA
Maria Agafonova
Lyubov Akhaimova
Anastasia Artamonova
Nelli Audi
Svetlana Babiy
Olga Bachurina
Anastasia Bayandina
Ekaterina Belous
Maria Belyetskaya
Eva Bingelis
Ksenia Cheban
Anna Chuprinenko
Elizaveta Dudanova
Ekaterina Fishchenko
Ekaterina Fokina
Elizaveta Galkina
Viktoria Gladneva
Alyona Glotova
Maria Gromova
Alisa Guryeva
Polina Ivanova
Kristina Kameneva
Paulina Kamushkova
Sofia Koroleva
Angelina Kosynkina
Alina Kotsyubenko
Valeria Krapivina
Olga Levenkova
Viktoria Listunova
Anastasia Makarochkina
Ulyana Marikayeva
Maria Minaeva
Tatiana Minayeva
Daria Mityukhina
Angelica Nagayeva
Yulia Nikolayeva
Arina Nikonorova
Sofia Oboyeva
Polina Panfilova
Viktoria Raimova
Angelina Salyakhova
Arina Semukhina
Alexandra Shamratova
Karolina Shellenberg
Anastasia Shirshova
Polina Sutormina
Sofia Telkova
Daria Tonkonogova
Daria Voronina
Alina Zamyatina
Milana Zasulskaya
Olesya Zelyayeva
Tamzhid Zhamsaranova
Ekaterina Zhurilova
SERBIA
Lejla Erceg Andjela Jaukovic
SINGAPORE
Yuet Yung Cheong
Rachel-Anne Liew
Kaitlyn Lim
Shandy Poh
Rachel Tan
Mia Tay Simin
Emma Yap
SLOVAKIA
Adela Balcova
Margareta Gondova
Lara Palinkasova
Sara Surmanova
SLOVENIA
Neza Erpic
Hana Golob
Leontina Kecan Komic
SOUTH AFRICA
Zoe Julies Garcelle Napier
SOUTH KOREA
Hyun Jin-ju
Kim A-ram
Son Ji-min
SPAIN
Alba Bonilla
Ainara Perez
Aina Puig
Irene Ros
Ainara Sautua
Martina Sola
SWEDEN
Emelie Westlund
Nathalie Westlund
Jennifer Williams
Malva Wingren
SWITZERLAND
Chiara Altorfer
Lana Azhan
Malina Blum
Michelle Brantschen
Letizia Crivelli
Masha Demiri
Aisha Demuth
Martina Eisenegger
Corina Erdin
Clemence Gobet
Selina Knöpfel
Gioia Muralt
Sarla Shirotori
Anna Sonderegger
Sarina Stulz
Shana Tognini
TURKEY
Alina Cavus
Sevgi Kayisoglu
Kardelen Paryaz
Asli Naz Yilmaz
UKRAINE
Mariia Borisova
Sofiia Grunova
Viktoriia Ivanenko
Anna Kharchenko
Yuliya Khorosh
UNITED STATES
Olivia Ahern
Brianna Ancharski
Alyssa Arana
Kinsley Baker
Mallory Barron
Sydney Barros
Bryn Bartman
Love Birt
Skye Blakely
Emma Boyd
Hadley Bretschneider
Samantha Brogden
Elizabeth Cairns
Madison Carr
Reagan Davis
Sophie Derr
Taylor Devries
Natalie DiLandri
Alexandra Downing
Amy Doyle
Skylar Draser
Sydnee Evans
Maria Ferguson
Reagan Forkey
Georgia Gilmore
Cadence Goldberg
Emily Golden
Elle Hadrick
Haley Havenor
Julianne Huff
Sydney Jelen
Sierra Kaplan
Emily Karay
Alyse Karenbauer
Annelies Koenig
Julia Krzywanski
Temple Landry
Isabella Lee
Rayna Light
Amber Lowe
Brianna Lucas
Jordyn Lyden
Samantha Macasu
Emma Mason
Courtney McCann
Konnor McClain
Sydney McCord
Jayden McDonnell
Zoe Miller
Anabella Mills
Elle Mueller
Molly Neinstien
Annalise Newman-Achee
Sophie Parenti
Lauren Pearce
Madison Perkins
Emma Pizzillo
Kayla Reingold
Carrie Resta
Cecily Rizo
Sienna Robinson
Katelyn Rosen
Camryn Rueda
Jenna Rusk
Jamison Sears
Chavala Shepard
Kimberly Siau
Hannah Sitzman
Maggie Mae Slife
Monica Todorov
Taylor Tuohy
Devyn Valuch
Lindsay Van Eyk
Eva Volpe
Adyson Wahl
Clara Wallace
Jaelah Warner
Madelyn Warren
Mahleea Werline
Paige Wills
Camille Winger
Mya Witte
Jamie Wright
Lexi Zeiss
Ella Zirbes
UZBEKISTAN
Anna Silnova
VENEZUELA
Valeria Arraiz Sabrina de Petris

17 thoughts on “Turning Senior in 2021

    • I’m not sure, but that’s something I’ve always wondered! There’s nothing I can find that mentions any connection so I think it might just be a coincidence…I feel like since Johanna Quaas’ story is such a well-known one, if Lea Marie was related, there would be some information about it out there.

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  1. Thank you for this great resource!

    Nela Stepandova is an ’06 baby – she doesn’t turn senior until 2022. I don’t blame you for wishing she would turn senior ASAP though – she’s good…

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  2. I’m British and super excited by Alice Sumners, Alia Leat and Ruby Stacey. I don’t think they will be among the top gymnasts right away next year but they are gonna add some depth for sure. (and I’m annoyed they didn’t get to compete at Junior Euros this year)

    Internationally, I haven’t seen any of them I don’t think, so I’m looking forward to seeing who breaks out next year! And that’s a LONG list from Russia, too!

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    • Yes! I don’t know as much about Alice but I LOVE Alia and Ruby. I did a junior profile about Ruby earlier this year and absolutely fell in love with her bars, I’m excited to see the improvements she’ll make there and everywhere else.

      A lot of the Russians are lower-level (they just happen to publish the DOBs for everyone hahaha) but they do have a few good talents in there! Obviously Listunova but a couple of others are lovely and even if they don’t become big internationally right away there are a few who could be good B team gymnasts and maybe as they add difficulty and get more experience, and after more current seniors retire, possibly become top gymnasts in the future as well!

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      • I remember V.Rod (I think) pegging Maria Minaeva as being a solid contender for Olympic/worlds spot after they announced the 05 babies as being age eligible for Tokyo, it was in an article that Luba put up. I’m not familiar with Minaeva though, so I can’t say.

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        • Yes, Minaeva has a lot of tricks up her sleeves…I don’t think she’ll be a top contender but I consider her having solid potential as a back-up if something goes wrong with one of the top options! She’s lovely and I imagine she’s done so much over the past year so I’m very excited to see how far she’s come.

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  3. Just watched a new training of Konnor McClain. She’s training what looks to be a pretty decent amanar. Her beam is Olympic specialist spot worthy on it’s own. Silvas, Chusovitina, iconic Ellie Black connection on floor. Just..wow.

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  4. Can’t wait to see Ana Luiza Lima, from Brazil. Her floor is brilliant when she hits. It’s a shame she had two falls at 2019 Junior Worlds.

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    • Yes, she’s awesome!! I’m excited about both her and Julia Soares, I think they’re both super talented and love that Brazil has an awesome new generation of talent coming up.

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  5. I believe Marthe Bjørgen from Norway is also turning 16 next year 🙂 She comepted at the Norwegian Junior Championships this year (and also last year)

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  6. Sorry, but I am really curious 😀
    I noticed the new chinese seniors often have the same surname. Are there some twins? Or those are just super common surnames like “Smith”?

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    • It’s mostly common surnames…and common names in some cases (like the two gymnasts named Liu Sijia!). I don’t believe anyone in the 2005 class of Chinese gymnasts are twins but I don’t have all of their exact birthdates (some I only have the year) so I’m not 100% sure.

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      • Thank you Lauren, after your answer I made a small research and found out that in China there are 19 surnames that are so popular they cover something like half of all the population. I had no idea about that. Now I am going to feed my curiosity with all those new “you asked…” I love them!

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