Emma Otsu got her start in gymnastics at the age of two in a mommy and me class at a local gym. Emma started competing in 2008 as a level 4 with Central Coast Gymnastics. Emma went on to compete at the NorCal State Championships where she finished fifth on bars. Emma competed a second season of level 4 in 2009 and finished third on bars at state. In 2010, Emma competed just one meet of level 5 and one meet of level 6.
Emma’s optional career began in the spring of 2011 as a level 7. Emma competed at the NorCal State Championships where she completed her season. After her 2011 season, Emma and her family moved to Massachusetts and Emma began training at Brestyan’s American Gymnastics Club. Emma competed level 7 during the 2012 season and went on to finish fourth on beam and floor at the Massachusetts State Championships. Emma began her 2012-2013 level 8 season at the Pilgrim Harvest Invitational where she finished fourth on bars. Emma continued to improve throughout the season and finished first on beam at state and qualified to the Region 6 Championships. At regionals, Emma tied for seventh on floor.
Emma competed level 9 during the 2014 season where she placed second on beam and third on floor at state. At regionals, Emma finished second on floor and sixth all around, qualifying to the Eastern Championships. Emma completed her season at Easterns. Emma competed a second year of level 9 during the 2015 season. She did not compete at the state championships, but competed at regionals where she placed fifth all around, qualifying to Easterns for the second time.
Following the 2015 season, Emma and her family moved back to California, and Emma began training with Performance Athletics. Emma competed her first season of level 10 in 2016 and improved her all around score at almost each meet throughout the season.
In January 2017, Emma was invited to be a part of the Japan Tokyo 2020 National Team. This is a special team to focus on preparing select gymnasts for the 2020 Olympics. Emma and six other girls were named to this team. Throughout the 2017 season, Emma trained and competed in Japan. She primarily trained under the Tsukuhara’s at Asahi Seimei Gymnastics and attended training at the National Training Center monthly. Emma competed at the Asian Jr. Championships in Thailand, Gym Festival Trnava, and the Japan Junior National Championships.
After the 2017 season, Emma and her family returned to California and Emma began to train with Airborne Gymnastics. Emma competed level 10 in 2018 and placed third on beam at the NorCal State Championships. At the Region 1 Championships, Emma took home the silver on beam and qualified to the JO National Championships.
Emma began her 2019 level 10 season at the California Grand Invitational where she won the floor title and took third all around. At the NorCal State Championships, Emma took home silver medals on bars and beam and placed fourth all around.
Currently, Emma trains 28 hours per week under coach Cale Robinson at Airborne Gymnastics in California. In the future, Emma hopes to qualify elite in the US and later return to Japan to compete elite and compete in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
2018 Region 1 Championships Level 10 beam silver medalist
2018 NorCal State Championships Level 10 beam bronze medalist
2018 JO National Championships Qualifier
Japan Tokyo 2020 National Team Member
Japan Tokyo 2020 National Team Member
JO National Championships Qualifier
Region 1 Championships Level 10 beam silver medalist
NorCal State Championships Level 10 beam bronze medalist
Favorite Event: Beam
Favorite Skill: Triple Wolf Turn (beam)
Favorite Gymnast: Peng Peng Lee
Favorite Meet: 2017 Asian Championships
Favorite Quote: "Practice like you've never won, perform like you've never lost."
|05/12/2018||JO National Championships||10||Bars - 9.375||Floor - 9.450|
|04/13/2018||Region 1 Championships||10||Beam - 9.625 (2)|
|02/02/2018||Pikes Peak Cup||10||Vault - 9.500 (8)|
|02/26/2016||Chris Waller's Heart of a Champion||10||Beam - 9.450 (3)|
|04/17/2015||Region 6 Championships||9||Floor - 9.525 (2T)|
|01/16/2015||Brestyan's Invitational||9||Bars - 9.250 (1T)||Floor - 9.525 (1)|
|11/20/2014||Brestyan's Qualifier Meet||10||Beam|
|04/11/2014||Region 6 Championships||9||Floor - 9.625 (2)|
|03/21/2014||Massachusetts State Championships||9||Beam - 9.400 (2)|
|07/31/2011||TOPs State Test||TOPs - 9 Year Old||TOPs Test|
|07/31/2010||TOPs State Test||TOPs - 8 Year Old||TOPs Test|