Simone Biles once said, " Be the best me." That is what I try to do each day. I am currently competing level 8 JO in Region 1, at a Northern California gym. I train 6 days a week through the good and bad, and injuries. I keep my goal in mind of being the best me. I really feel that the gymnastics has found me as much as I found it. From the time I was swinging in the park, I loved to tumble, swing, and flip. From the moment my Mom put me into a summer camp, I loved gymnastics. Thank you to all the amazing coaches who saw that I loved the sport, and worked to train me. I have been blessed with people who believe in me as much as I believe in my dream too. People say I am a good teammate, as I want each of my teamates to be the best them. I believe in team and helping each other and cheer our successes and giving hugs in our times of need. I remember watching the Olympics and dreaming of the day I get to do the amazing skills they make look so easy. Practice empowers you and gives you the confidence to believe in yourself. I believe in my dream of being a College gymnast one day. I want to study hard, and enjoy flipping as I always have. I have been honored to be nominated for GOTY. I was 2019 Level 7 #1 AA score in the nation as well as #1 in floor, and #1 in vault. I also was the 2018 Level 6 highest AA score in the nation too. I am training hard to be better than yesterday and to overcome the obstacles that come my way.
I am a 12 year old Level 9 at SCEGA Gymnastics. I came to SCEGA Gymnastics in 2015 as an 8 year old level 4 and a TOPs kid. My first year I made it to TOPs National Testing, and completed my Level 4 season as the SoCal State Beam and Floor Champion. In 2017 I scored out of Level 5 and moved to Level 7, and continued my TOPs journey. My second year I made TOPs B Team and invited to Development Invite Camp. For Level 7, I was the SoCal State Beam Silver Medalist and Region 1 Regional Beam Champion. I performed a 9.95 beam routine at the Long Beach Open!
In 2018, I moved on to Level 8 and did my last year in TOPs as a 10 year old. I was a TOPs A Team Member, attended A Camp and won Physical Abilities. I was the Level 8 SoCal State Bar Champion, and Floor Silver Medalist, and the Region 1 Regional Bar and Beam Champion, and the Floor and AA Silver Medalist. 0
In 2019, I competed as a Level 9. What a great season! I was the Level 9 SoCal State Beam Champion, Bars and AA Bronze Medalist. I went on to Regionals and had my best meet of the season! I was the Region 1 Regional Beam, Floor and AA Champion, Bars Bronze Medalist, with an AA score of a 38.275. And I hit my beam routine with a 9.90! I qualified to Westerns, but unfortunately due to illness, I was not able to attend. 1
This year I am working hard to compete as a Level 10! I had all my routines ready to go and broke 4 toes right before season started, but I am on a mission to get back to full strength as soon as possible! Awesome routines are almost ready to go again!2
Coaches: Ryan Kirkham, Jessie McDonough, Tasmin Finn
Graduating Year: 2023
I'm 14 years old, I'm competing my first year of Level 10 this season, I train at Olympus Gymnastics in South Jordan, Utah. I’m honored to have been selected as a Gymnast of the Year nominee and thank all those that have helped me get to this point.
I had a great Level 9 season finishing first on Vault and third All Around at the Utah State Championships. I then qualified to the Western Championships after placing second on Vault, Bars and All Around at the Region 1 Championships. I then earned gold medals on vault and bars, a bronze medal on floor, and sixth all around at the Western Championships. A few other fun notable Level 9 accomplishments: 2019 Winter Classic I took 1st place, in my age division, with a 37.0 which also happened to be the highest all-around score of all Level 9’s in the entire meet. At the 24th Annual Northern Lights Classic I qualified to the event finals on bars and took 1st place.
I’m a hard worker, been told I’m easy to coach, I’m extremely humble and take pride in all that I do. I go to public school, in 9th grade, am enrolled in several honors classes, a straight A student, I have 4 sisters, love doing their hair, spending time with my family, camping, fishing, biking, and most of all just being a kid. Oh and I can solve a Rubik’s Cube in less than 2 minutes. I love going to and watching college gymnastics meets. I've not yet decided what I want to be when I get older, though I do know I want to attend college, hopefully on a scholarship, where I can also continue my love for gymnastics by competing at that level. Good luck to all the nominees, it's an amazing honor to be considered for such a notable award.
Coaches: Chris Brashier & Beatrice Mihaila-Crivineanu
Graduating Year: 2026
Kendall Torrens got her start in gymnastics at the age of four in a recreational class. Shortly after beginning classes, Kendall was asked to join the team program at Empire Gymnastics Academy. Less than one year after beginning gymnastics, Kendall began competing in 2013 as a level 1. The following season, Kendall competed level 3. Kendall quickly progressed throughout the season and finished first on vault, bars, and floor at the District Championships. One month later at the Texas North State Championships, Kendall won the vault title with a 9.725. In 2016, Kendall competed just one meet of level 4 where she finished second on vault. Kendall tested out of level 5 to prepare for the 2017 season.
Kendall began her optional career as a level 6 at the Friends Of Achievers Meet. Here, Kendall finished in the top 5 on bars and floor. Kendall had a great level 6 season and concluded her season with a win on floor at the Texas State Championships scoring a huge 9.925. Competing level 7 during the 2018 season, Kendall began her season at the Alamo Classic where she finished third on bars, floor, and in the all around. Three months later at the Texas State Championships, Kendall brought home the bronze medal on beam. From state, Kendall qualified to the Region 3 Championships. Kendall finished up her season at regionals winning the floor title and finishing third all around.
As a level 8 in 2019, Kendall kicked off her season at the Alamo Classic winning the beam title and taking second all around. In February, Kendall competed at the Biles National Elite Qualifier where she earned her Hopes compulsory score. Kendall had her best meet of the season at the Rose City Classic where she scored a perfect 10.0 on floor, winning the event as well as winning the bars and beam titles. In March at the Texas State Championships, Kendall won the bars and beam titles and finished second on floor and in the all around. For the second year, Kendall advanced to the Region 3 Championships. Here, Kendall concluded her season winning the bars title and brought home bronze medals on floor and in the all around.
Kendall began her 2020 level 9 season with an amazing meet at the Alamo Classic winning the floor title with a 9.800 and finishing third all around.
Currently, Kendall trains 25 hours per week under coaches Chris Brashier and Beatrice Mihaila-Crivineanu at Empire Gymnastics Academy. Kendall's goal for the 2020 season is to qualify for the Hopes Classic. In the future, Kendall hopes to earn a college scholarship to a Division 1 school for gymnastics. She is extremely honored to be elected for Meet Scores Online Gymnast of the Year!
My name is Lily Pederson, I am a 13 year old Junior Elite gymnast. I train at Flips in White Bear Lake, Minnesota. My coaches are Bart and Lori Roskoski. I train approximately 25 hours per week while still attending public school. I started gymnastics when I was 5 years old. I was moved to the level 3 team when I was 6 years old. Once I competed in my first real meet as a level 3 I was hooked! I achieved my goal of becoming an elite gymnast in January of 2020. I hope to make it all the way to the US Championships and place well enough to make the Junior National Team!
I started taking classes at Flips when I was 6 years old. I made it to team level 3 when I was 7 years old. At 8 years old I moved to level 4 and qualified for state. When I was 9 years old I moved up to level 5 and again qualified for state, where I won the floor state championship for my age group. That same year I skipped level 6 and was moved to the level 7 team, which had already started their season. I trained with the level 7 team for about 2 weeks before competing in my first level 7 meet, where I qualified for state again! After level 7 state I moved to level 8. Our level 8 team had an undefeated season, capping it off by winning the state championship, Flips first ever!0
I was also named to the Minnesota Super 8 team that year. After level 8 regionals were over I began working on my level 9 skills, with my goal to compete as a level 9 and make it back to regionals and then to Westerns. I ended up scoring out of level 9 at my first meet of the season and moving directly to level 10. I was 11 years old, Flips youngest ever level 10 gymnast! While competing as a first year level 10 I was also training for my first year in HOPES. I managed to not only qualify to regionals as the youngest level 10 in the state of Minnesota but I also made it to nationals!! I placed 5th in the all around at my very first ever nationals!! I also qualified to the HOPES Classic, where I placed 2nd and advanced to the HOPES Championship.
At the HOPES Championship I placed 4th and was named to the HOPES National Team!! That summer I was invited to the USAG developmental training camp in Tennessee. I have been attending camp ever since. My goals for 2019 are to make it back to nationals again and this time finish even higher. I have already qualified to the HOPES Classic for the second year. My goal for HOPES is to win the HOPES Classic and the HOPES Championship. My goals for 2020 are to qualify as a Junior Elite and make it to the USAG Championships and to be invited to national training camp. My long-term goals are to receive a scholarship to a D1 school and to compete for the USA at the Olympics in 2024 or 2028!!!