Finley Weldon got her start in gymnastics at the age of two because she was always moving around and wouldn’t sit still at home!

Before Finley began competing, she trained at Olympus Gymnastics and Arete Gymnastics where she made the 2014 TOPs National Diamond Team. Prior to the 2015 season, Finley and her family moved to West Des Moines Iowa and Finley began training at Chow’s where she began her competitive career at level 4. During her first season, Finley went undefeated in the all around and won all four events and the all around at the 2015 Iowa Level 4 State Meet. Finley competed level 5 during the Fall 2016 season where she once again went undefeated in the all around. At the Iowa Level 5 State Meet, Finley placed second on vault and beam, and won the bars, floor, and all around titles.

With 2/2 State Championship titles under her belt, Finley began her optional career as a level 7 in the Winter of 2017. At the 2017 Iowa Optional State Championships, Finley placed third on vault, and first on bars, floor, and in the all around. Finley’s scores and placement qualified Finley to be a part of the Iowa State Team for the 2017 Region 4 Championships. At Regionals, Finley placed second on beam and took home the vault, bars, floor and all around titles.

Finley kicked off her 2018 level 8 season at the Chow's Challenge where she won the bars and beam titles and placed second all around. After placing second all around at her first meet, Finley went on to dominate the rest of her season and went undefeated in the all around. At the Iowa State Championships, Finley won the beam, floor, and all around titles. For the second year, Finley qualified to be a part of the Iowa State Team for the Region 4 Championships. Finley had another great meet at Regionals and came away with gold medals on bars, beam, and in the all around.

Finley began her 2019 level 9 season at the Chow's Winter Classic Invitational where she won the vault title and took second on beam and in the all around. In March at the Iowa State Championships, Finley came home with gold medals on floor and in the all around. One month later, Finley competed at the Region 4 Championships where she won the floor title and came in second in the all around, qualifying to the Western Championships. Finley concluded her season at the Western Championships on a high note, competing her Yurchenko Layout for the first time and placing third with a 9.425, and earning her highest all around score of the season for a top 10 finish.

Competing her first year of level 10 in 2020, Finley began her season at the Chow's Winter Classic. Here, Finley won the vault and floor titles. Two weeks later at the Chow's Challenge, Finley won the beam, floor, and all around titles. Finley improved throughout the season and was gearing up for the Iowa State Championships however unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Finley's season was cut short as the remainder of the season was canceled.

Finley began her 2021 level 10 season at the Chow's Winter Classic where she brought home a silver medal on beam and fourth place all around.

Currently, Finley trains 24 hours per week under coaches Mallory Lillie, Mike Hillin, and Rebecca Simbuhdas at Chow’s Gymnastics in West Des Moines, Iowa. In the future, Finley hopes to qualify elite, make the US National Team, represent Team USA at the 2024 Olympics, and compete for the University of Utah in 2025.

2020 Iowa State Championships Level 10 Qualifier (Canceled due to COVID-19)
2019 Western Championships Level 9 floor silver medalist, vault bronze medalist & bars medalist
2019 Region 4 Championships Level 9 floor champion, AA silver medalist & vault & beam bronze medalist
2019 Iowa State Championships Level 9 floor & AA champion; bars silver medalist; vault & beam bronze medalist
2018 Region 4 Championships Level 8 bars, beam & AA champion; floor bronze medalist
2018 Iowa State Championships Level 8 beam, floor & AA champion; vault & bars silver medalist
2018 America's Top 100: Level 8 Vault, Bars, Beam, Floor & AA
2017 Region 4 Championships Level 7 vault, bars, floor & AA champion; beam silver medalist
2017 Iowa State Championships Level 7 bars, floor & AA champion; vault bronze medalist
2017 America's Top 100: Level 7 AA
2016 Iowa State Championships Level 5 bars, floor & AA champion; vault & beam silver medalist
2016 America's Top 100: Level 5 Bars
2016 America's Top 100: Level 4 Vault, Bars & AA
2015 Iowa State Championships Level 4 vault, bars, beam, floor & AA champion
2014 TOPs National Diamond Team Member
Iowa State Championships Level 10 Qualifier (Canceled due to COVID-19)
Western Championships Level 9 floor silver medalist, vault bronze medalist & bars medalist
Region 4 Championships Level 9 floor champion, AA silver medalist & vault & beam bronze medalist
Iowa State Championships Level 9 floor & AA champion; bars silver medalist; vault & beam bronze medalist
America's Top 100: Level 8 Vault, Bars, Beam, Floor & AA
Region 4 Championships Level 8 bars, beam & AA champion; floor bronze medalist
Iowa State Championships Level 8 beam, floor & AA champion; vault & bars silver medalist
America's Top 100: Level 7 AA
Region 4 Championships Level 7 vault, bars, floor & AA champion; beam silver medalist
Iowa State Championships Level 7 bars, floor & AA champion; vault bronze medalist
America's Top 100: Level 5 Bars
America's Top 100: Level 4 Vault, Bars & AA
Iowa State Championships Level 5 bars, floor & AA champion; vault & beam silver medalist
Iowa State Championships Level 4 vault, bars, beam, floor & AA champion
TOPs National Diamond Team Member

Favorite Event: Bars

Favorite Skill: Double Back Dismount (bars) & Full (floor)

Favorite Gymnast: Laurie Hernandez & Shawn Johnson

Favorite Meet: 2017 Region 4 Championships

Favorite Quote:
"She believed she could, so she did."

Date Meet Level Vault Bars Beam Floor All
05/10/2020 Western Championships 9 AA - 37.375 (9)
03/15/2019 Iowa State Championships 9 AA - 36.650 (1)
03/16/2018 Iowa State Championships 8 Beam - 9.750 (1) Floor - 9.650 (1)
03/03/2018 Northern Lights Classic Event Finals 8 Bars - 9.900 (1)
03/02/2018 Northern Lights Classic 8 Vault - 9.700 (1) Bars - 9.675 (1) Beam - 9.625 (1) Floor - 9.850 (1)
02/16/2018 Presidential Classic Beam - 9.700 (1)
02/02/2018 Pikes Peak Cup 8 Bars - 9.900 (1)
03/10/2017 Iowa State Championships 7 Bars - 9.775 (1) Floor - 9.750 (1)
03/02/2017 Northern Lights Classic 7 Bars - 9.775 (1) Beam - 9.700 (2) Floor - 9.625 (1)
02/03/2017 Chow's Challenge 7 Bars - 9.800 (1) Beam - 9.750 (2T) Floor - 9.725 (1)
12/09/2016 Iowa State Championships 5 AA - 38.225 (1)
Date Vault Bars Beam Floor All
04/08/2018 Toe Handstand

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