At just 11 years old, Ryan Fuller of San Mateo Gymnastics is tumbling into the spotlight! She began gymnastics at Little Gym and at just four years old, her coach noticed that she was very strong. Ryan began competing with Black Diamond Gymnastics at the age of 6 in level 3 and quickly progressed through the levels. She began TOPs at the age of 7 after a Summer Camp coach told her that she should look into it. The next year, as an eight-year-old in 2014, Ryan made it to National Testing, in 2015 she made the TOPs A team, and in 2016 as a ten-year-old, Ryan made the Developmental Invite Team.

Ryan competed level 8 in 2016 and at the 2016 Region 1 Championships as a level 8, Ryan finished second on vault and floor and third in the all around. After the 2016 season, Ryan trained at World Champions Centre during the Summer where she progressed to level 9 and the 2017 elite season.

Ryan moved back to California in 2017 and began competing level 9 with San Mateo Gymnastics. At the same time, Ryan also began to prepare for Hopes and attended Developmental Camps; she also began homeschooling. When asked about developmental camp, Ryan noted, ” You have to show each National staff and Valeri your routine on their event while everyone is watching. The training is hard, but it is also a lot of fun, and I enjoy learning new skills from National staff.” Ryan qualified for Hopes at the 2017 Brestyan’s Las Vegas National Elite Qualifier where she finished with a 46.650 in the all around. After her elite qualifier, Ryan went right back to training and competing level 9. At the 2017 NorCal State Championships, Ryan placed second all around with a 38.400 and at the Region One Championships, Ryan tied for third all-around with a 38.200 and qualified to the Western National Championships.

Ryan (right) and San Mateo teammates at Developmental Camp

Although Ryan is a champion, it doesn’t come easy for her. Currently, Ryan suffers from severs disease: severe heel pain in the growth plates. She has also had to compete two different routines this season for both level 9 and hopes. However, Ryan enjoys both JO and elite. “I enjoy JO because I get to do states, regionals and Westerns with my team. The skills are more intense for sure; the skills get harder and scarier. I’m excited for my elite career and enjoying the journey.”

Currently, Ryan trains 36 hours a week at San Mateo Gymnastics in Belmont, California under coaches Armen Astoian and Oksana Bystrova. Ryan is continuing to upgrade her skills on all four events including her jaeger on bars, her yurchenko full on vault, and her double pike on floor. In the future, Ryan would like to make the Junior National Team and then the Senior National Team. She would then like to receive an International Assignment and receive a scholarship for gymnastics at a Division 1 School. So keep your eye out for Ryan, her dreams are big and so is her drive and her skills!

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