Monday, March 24, 2014

Five Texan gymnasts to compete for USA in Pacific Rim Championships

Simone Biles will lead the USA gymnasts
at the Pacific Rim Championships.
Photo by John Cheng/USA Gymnastics
By Robert H Kelly
Copyright 2014 TexSport Publications

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA (March 24, 2014) Five athletes from Texas were selected to represent the United States at the 2014 Pacific Rim Gymnastics Championships in Canada on April 9-11, 2014.

2013 World all-around champion Simone Biles of the World Gymnastics Centre will lead the team of elite American gymnasts to the competition in Richmond, B.C.,

Simone is the 2013 World Championships all-around & floor exercise gold medalist, vault silver medalist and balance beam bronze medalist. She also finished fourth in the uneven bars final.

In addition, she is the 2013 U.S. all-around champion and vault, uneven bars, balance beam and floor exercise silver medalist and the 2013 AT&T American Cup silver medalist.

The Spring, Texas native will be accompanied on the artistic team by fellow Texan Bailie Key (Montgomery, Texas) of Texas Dream Gymnastics.

Bailey is the 2013 P&G Championship junior division gold medalist in all-around, balance beam, and floor exercise.

On the men’s side, Houston’s Chris Brooks of Team Hilton HHonors and Cypress Gymnastics and Katy’s Davis Grooms of Champions Gymnastics will also compete in Canada.

Brooks is the 2014 Winter Cup Challenge all-around champion, high bar silver medalist, and an alternate for the 2013 U.S. Olympic Team.

Grooms is the 2013 Men's Junior Olympic (13-14) national champion in the all-around, high bar and still rings.

In addition, Nicky Wojtana of Plano, Texas and the Texas Rhythmic Academy will compete in the female junior rhythmic competition.

The Pacific Rim Championships is a major regional gymnastics competition held every two years and is open to teams from member nations of the Pacific Alliance of National Gymnastics.  

Member countries include Australia, Canada, China, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Russia, United States and other nations on the Pacific coast.

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