Debuting a brand new home at the Dallas Cowboys’ Ford Center at the Star and featuring a world-class field of national and world champions to go with it, the 2019 WOGA Classic is set to be the best edition yet of this prestigious international elite competition held in Frisco, Texas.

Headlining this year’s International Elite session is Rio 2016 US Olympic team alternate and 2014 World team gold-medalist Ashton Locklear, returning to competition for the first time in over a year after multiple surgeries, stops, starts, and a gym change to Simone Biles’ World Champions Center following the 2017 World Championships, where she made the uneven bars final for Team USA.

“I’m very nervous and excited going into this competition but I’m really just happy to get back out on the competition floor,” commented Locklear.
“We chose WOGA [Classic] because it is a good ‘practice”’competition for me  and I don’t need to worry too much about the outcome. This competition is more so just to get my feet wet after having two major surgeries.”

Joining Locklear is another one of the US’ top talents, junior national team member Kayla DiCello of Hill’s Gymnastics. DiCello enjoyed a breakout 2018 season, finishing second at nationals last year to make the national team and earning another all-around silver in her first international assignment last spring at the Pacific Rim Gymnastics Championships in Colombia.

Kayla DiCello performs on the balance beam at the 2018 US Gymnastics Championships in Boston, Massachusetts/USA Gymnastics- John Cheng

WOGA features many top contenders as always in the elite field, with national team member Skye Blakely a top contender in the junior competition while Sloane Blakely, Luisa BlancoDeiah-Marie Moody, and Morgan Trevor will look to make the all-around podium in a deep senior field.

Japan will continue their tradition of WOGA Classic excellence, sending senior Nagi Kajita, a member of their World Championship team last season, to Dallas, looking to follow up her previous vault, bars, floor, and all-around medals from 2017 and 2018 at the WOGA Classic.

The WOGA Classic will be held from February 8th-10th at the Ford Center at the Star in Frisco, Texas, with international elite session competition beginning at 7 PM CT on Saturday. Chalk Warrior will be on-site providing exclusive video, digital, and online coverage of the elite and Level 10 competitions.

2019 WOGA Classic International Elite Session Entry List

Seniors:

Cato Fleurackers – De Gympies

Margo Van Linden – De Gympies

Eshe Bernard – Jamaica

Kiara Richmon – Jamaica

MacKenzie Robinson – Jamaica

Tienna Nguyen – Vietnam

Sloane Blakely – WOGA

Luisa Blanco – WOGA

Deiah-Marie Moody – WOGA

Morgan Trevor – WOGA

Koyuna Sakakibara – Narawa

Sakura Yumoto – Narawa

Yurika Yumoto – Narawa

Olivia Hollingsworth – World Champions

Ashton Locklear – World Champions

Mallor Marcheli – World Champions

Nagi Kajita – Yamanashi

Ana Luiza Pires Lima – Brazil

 

Juniors:

Lisa Vaelen – De Gympies

Kayla DiCello – Hills

Karleigh DiCello – Hills

Sophia Butler – Discover

Anna Kalmykova – Russia

Diana Kustove – Russia

Skye Blakely – WOGA

Levi Jung-Ruivivar – Paramount

Julia Das Neves Botega Soares – Brazil

Christal Silva E Bezerra – Brazil

Camila Siqueira Almeida – Brazil

Love Birt – First State

Sydney Morris – First State

Amari Drayton – Olympia Hills

Ava Siegfeldt – World Class

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