Lilli Koester got her start in gymnastics at the age of seven in recreational classes. Within 3 months of her doing recreational classes, she was invited to try out for the team program at Artistic Gymnastics Institute and the rest is history.
Lilli competed Xcel Bronze during the 2020 season and began her year at the St. Louis Classic Invitational where she won the bars title. Lilli was able to compete one more meet before the remainder of the season was canceled due to COVID-19. At her second and final meet of the season, Lilli won the vault, floor, and all around titles.
Competing level 3 in 2021, Lilli began her season at the Dragon Invite where she came home with gold medals on all four events and in the all around. Lilli also won the floor and all around titles at her next two meets. Then, in March at the Illinois State Championships, Lilli won the bars, beam, floor, and all around titles, making her undefeated on floor and in the all around for her 2021 level 3 season.
Currently, Lilli is training levels 4/5 and trains 20 hours per week under coach Tom Stevens. When she’s not working hard in the gym, you can find her outside. She has a very active, adventurous spirit and loves all things camping and hiking. In the future, Lilli's goal is to earn a college scholarship for gymnastics.