USA Gymnastics will be competing at the City of Jesolo Trophy on April 1-2 in Jesolo, Italy. Team USA has selected five juniors and seven seniors to compete in Jesolo. The gymnasts will compete in a team and all-around competition on the first day of competition. From the team and all-around competition, gymnasts will qualify to event finals which will be held on the second day of the competition. The following USA gymnasts have been assigned to the City of Jesolo international assignment.

Seniors

Riley McCusker
Riley had her senior and international debut at the 2017 AT&T American Cup. Although she had a rough competition with falls on both bars and beam, Riley’s difficult bars routine and beautiful lines are what makes her stand out. Riley placed second in the all-around at the 2016 P&G Championships as a first-year junior, and is expected to make a splash on the senior stage this season! In addition to her gorgeous bars, Riley shows off her flexibility and lines in both her beam and floor routines. Her floor routine is a “sassy ballet” theme, and her beam includes two wolf turns! On vault, Riley competes a double twisting yurchenko.

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Morgan Hurd
Another first-year senior, Morgan Hurd opened up her senior and international debut at the FIG World Cup in Stuttgart, Germany. In Stuttgart, Morgan finished first on vault with her double twisting yurchenko scoring a 14.366, second on beam with a 14.200, third on floor with a 13.466, and third in the all-around with a 53.265. Morgan is primarily known for her beautiful floor choreography and her lines. In 2016, Morgan made the junior national team for the first time. Jesolo will be her second international assignment.

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Trinity Thomas

Another new senior, Trinity Thomas of Prestige wowed the crowd at the 2016 P&G Championships with her powerful tumbling, especially her split jump out of her double layout! Although Trinity hasn’t been on the scene for a long time, she has quite the future ahead of her. Trinity has been training difficult skills, including the Biles, as well as working on her consistency on all four events. Trinity is a powerhouse and is one to watch for the upcoming years!

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Ashton Locklear
2016 Olympic Team Alternate, Ashton Locklear is back for more! Ashton was a part of the 2016 Jesolo team as well as the 2014 Worlds team where she finished fourth on bars in event finals. In 2016, Ashton and Olympic Team Member, Madison Kocian went back and forth between bars titles. At the 2016 P&G Championships, Ashton finished first on bars, but at the 2016 Olympic Trials, Madison finished first. Even though Ashton is known for her gorgeous bar work, she also has a fantastic beam set. This could be a huge year for Ashton that could result in a spot on the 2016 Worlds team.

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Alyona Shchennikova
Another great bar worker, Alyona Shchennikova is a first year senior and is the younger sister of former national team member who was also known for her bar work, Polina Shchennikova. At the 2016 Secret US Classic, Alyona showcased a huge bars routine with a 6.4 D score. With her huge bars difficulty and beautiful lines, Alyona will for sure be one to watch at Jesolo as well as in the future!

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Abby Paulson
As a second year senior, Abby Paulson is ready to make a splash! It is Abby’s first year on the US National Team and has been competing elite since 2013. In 2016, Abby competed a triple full on floor and a full on vault, but upgrades are expected for this season. Abby trains at Twin City Twisters, home of former World Gold Medalist and now Oklahoma Gymnast, Maggie Nichols.

Victoria Nguyen
After battling a series of injuries, Victoria Nguyen is back! The last time Victoria competed was at the 2016 Secret US Classic as a junior. At the Secret Classic, Victoria only competed bars and beam. Although she had a rocky bars routine, Victora placed 5th on beam with a 14.150. Before her injury, Victoria was one to look out for in the 2017-2020 quad, so we are extremely excited to see her back on the scene!

Juniors

Maile O’Keefe
Maile O’Keefe is fresh out of winning the all-around title at the 2017 International Gymnix Junior Competition. In addition to the all-around, Maile tied for first on floor, second on vault, and third on beam in the event finals. Maile is stunning on all four events but is especially known for her beam work. On beam, she has a 6.1 D score and has two triple acro series, one of them being a side aerial + layout step out + layout step out, and the other being a back handspring step out + back handspring two feet + layout. Maile also competes a beautiful double twisting yurchenko on vault, gorgeous bars connections, and intricate and unique floor choreography. You definitely won’t want to miss out on watching this up and coming star!

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Emma Malabuyo
Emma is another gymnast fresh out of the 2017 International Gymnix Junior Competition where she finished fourth all-around and first on vault. Emma also has a difficult beam routine with a 5.7 D score. Although a foot injury kept Emma out of the second day of the 2016 P&G Championships, she finished second in the all-around at the 2016 Secret US Classic. Emma is another one to watch at Jesolo and in the next year as her last year as a junior.

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Gabby Perea
Known for her beautiful bar work, Gabby Perea is headed off to Jesolo as a second-year national team member. Gabby was another team member at the 2017 International Gymnix; she took home the all-around silver and the bars gold with a 14.600. Gabby also tied for first on floor alongside teammate, Maile O’Keefe. You will for sure want to watch Gabby at Jesolo, especially on bars!

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Adeline Kenlin
A new addition to the US Junior National Team, Adeline Kenlin is hoping to have a breakout year as her last year as a junior. Adeline has been competing junior elite since 2014 and placed fourth on bars at the 2016 P&G Championships. Even before she was on the junior elite scene, Adeline was making a name for herself when she won the bars, beam, floor, and all-around titles at the 2013 Secret US Challenge (now known as the Hopes Championships). She may be a new national team member, but you definitely shouldn’t count Adeline out!

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Olivia Dunne
Olivia Dunne is another gymnast that was just added to the junior national team. Olivia has also been on the elite path since 2013 when she placed second on beam, floor, and in the all around at the 2013 Secret US Challenge. In 2014, Olivia qualified junior elite and has been improving each year since then. Olivia has been upgrading her skills, and it will be exciting to see how she has upgraded and improved since last season.

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These are the gymnasts from Team USA that will be competing at the 2017 City of Jesolo Trophy on April 1st and 2nd. This will be a very exciting competition as there are a lot of new faces on the scene. Stay tuned for updates and results!

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