With just over a year and a half out from the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, junior gymnasts are on the rise, and some of the best of the best will be eligible for these Olympic Games. Check out the current top juniors that will be senior by 2020 who we believe have a shot at making it to Tokyo:

Sunisa Lee (U.S.)

Turns Senior: 2019

Sunisa Lee has been on the Hopes and Elite scene for the past three years, and truly had her breakout year this season when she won the uneven bars title and finished 3rd all around at the U.S. Championships. Lee is especially known for her bars and beam where she posted difficulty scores of 6.10 and 5.90, respectively at the 2018 U.S. Championships. Lee is currently working lots of upgrades for her first senior season including a Moors on floor, and a Nabieva to pak salto connection on bars. It will be interesting to see how Lee will stack up against the veteran senior competitors next year such as Simone Biles, Morgan Hurd, and Riley McCusker. However, if Lee were competing against the seniors at this year’s U.S. Championships, she would have finished first on bars, fourth on beam, and fifth all around.

Sunisa Lee on beam at the U.S. Championships Photo: John Cheng

Giorgia Villa (Italy)

Turns Senior: 2019

Giorgia Villa is one of the many Italian juniors that has been on the rise over the past few years. Villa began competing elite in 2015 and has been climbing the ranks ever since. In July, Villa won the all around and bars titles at the Italian Championships as well as silvers on beam and floor. Villa took home another pair of all around gold medals at the European Championships and the Youth Olympic Games. Villa will be a huge asset to the Italian team, and we definitely expect to see her at the 2020 Olympic Games.

Amelie Morgan (Great Britain)

Turns Senior: 2019

Amelie Morgan is another gymnast that had a lot of success this season both nationally and internationally. Morgan began this season at the English Championships where she won the all around, and a month later she won the all around at the British Championships. Later in the season, Morgan competed at the European Championships where she earned a silver medal in the all around as well as a silver on beam and bronze medals on vault and floor. Morgan concluded her season at the Youth Olympic Games where she took home a silver medals in the all around as well as a bronze on beam. We should definitely see Morgan on future senior teams with Great Britain especially since she has two vaults.

Leanne Wong (U.S.)

Turns Senior: 2019

Leanne Wong made the U.S. National Team during her first elite season last year, and this year took home both the U.S. Classic and Championships all around titles. Wong is a true all arounder whose execution scores are hard to beat. Between the 12 routines performed at the U.S. Classic and Championships, Wong posted execution scores all above 8.0. While Wong competed a double twisting Yurchenko this season, she has been training an Amanar vault which would be an asset to Team USA.

Leanne Wong on beam at the U.S. Championships Photo: John Cheng

Asia D’Amato (Italy)

Turns Senior: 2019

Asia D’Amato is another outstanding Italian elite who has had much success on the junior stage. This seas, D’Amato went undefeated on vault including gold medals at the Youth Olympic Games Qualifier and the European Championships. D’Amato will be especially helpful to the Italian team on vault, but is also strong on bars and is a solid all arounder.

Tang Xijing (China)

Turns Senior: 2019

Tang Xijing has been a top junior in China since she has been on the elite scene beginning in 2016. This year, Xijing began her season at the Asian Junior Games where she won the beam title with a 14.350. At the Chinese Championships, Xijing came home with a bronze in the all around, and at the Chinese Individual Championships, she won the all around. Closing out her season at the Youth Olympic Games, Xijing placed fourth all around and came home with a bronze on bars and gold on beam. Xijing is a solid arounder, is especially great on beam, and we are sure to see her on Chinese senior teams in the future.

Jordan Bowers (U.S.)

Turns Senior: 2019

Throughout her junior career, Bowers climbed the ranks. Bowers began competing junior elite in 2016 finishing without a medal at the U.S. Championships. In 2017, Bowers came away from the championships with a 7th place medal on bars. In 2018, Bowers seemed to breakout onto the scene, winning both all around titles at the Pacific Rim Championships and Junior Pan American Championships. Bowers also finished third all around at the U.S. Classic as well as second on bars and beam. Unfortunately, Bowers only competed on day one of the U.S. Championships due to a small injury, but should be back strong at the beginning of the 2019 season.

Ksenia Klimenko (Russia)

Turns Senior: 2019

Ksenia Klimenko became one of Russia’s top juniors when she won the 2016 Russian Championships junior bars, beam, and all around titles. Since then, Klimenko has only improved and will definitely be competitive with the current Russian seniors next year, especially on bars. This year, Klimenko won the all around at the Russian Junior Championships and took home a silver on the uneven bars. Klimenko had more impressive performances at the European Championships and Youth Olympic Games; she won the bar titles at both, third all around at the European Championships, and second on beam at the Youth Olympic Games.

Tori Tatum (U.S.)

Turns Senior: 2019

Tori Tatum is another gymnast who improved immensely during the 2018 season, and we believe she will improve even more as she enters the senior ranks. Tatum has been on the elite scene since 2015, but missed the 2017 season. In 2018, Tatum came out strong and was added to the U.S. National Team to compete at the Junior Pan American Championships. Here, Tatum had a fantastic competition and came home with a gold medal on vault, a silver on floor, and a fourth place finish in the all around. With a strong double twisting Yurchenko, we wouldn’t be surprised to see Tatum upgrade to an Amanar at some point in the next two years which would set her apart on the senior stage.

Anastasiia Bachynska (Ukraine)

Turns Senior: 2019

Second year elite, Anastasiia Bachynska has had an amazing season on the junior stage. Bachynska is strong on all four events and brought home all around gold medals at the Top 12 Series 4, Gymnasiade, Gym Festival Trnava, and Youth Olympic Games Qualifier competitions. Bachynska finished third all around and third on floor at the Youth Olympic Games and is another upcoming junior with two vaults. Although it is assumed that Ukraine will not qualify a team to the 2020 Olympics, we could see Bachynska representing the country at the Games.

Kayla DiCello (U.S.)

Turns Senior: 2020

Kayla Di Cello has one more year as a junior before she will turn senior in 2020. However, we wouldn’t be surprised to see upgrades from Di Cello for the 2019 season and scores that compete with some of the top seniors. Di Cello finished second all around just behind Leanne Wong at this year’s U.S. Classic and Championships. Di Cello was also a part of the U.S.’ Pacific Rim team where she won the vault and bars title and finished second all around. Di Cello is another gymnast that can be counted on for all four events; she performs an amazing double twisting Yurchenko on vault, packs a strong uneven bars routine, has a solid beam difficulty score of 5.7, and can also be competitive on floor.

The 2018-2019 U.S. Junior National Team Photo: John Cheng

Olivia Greaves (U.S.)

Turns Senior: 2020

2018 was Olivia Greaves’ first season as an elite gymnast, and she killed it. After qualifying elite earlier in the year, Greaves competed her first elite meet at the American Classic where she won the uneven bars title with a 14.150 and came in fourth all around. Greaves was added to the U.S. National Team after finishing sixth all around at the U.S. Championships. While Greaves will need to upgrade in order to compete with the top ranked seniors, she has another full year at the junior level to do so. Greaves has already improved so much in her first year as an elite, that she should without a doubt be able to be a strong competitor at the senior level in 2020.

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