Lauren Letzsch

Level 10/ HOPES
Alex & Katia Shchennikova
Dominic Zito
My Biography

Lauren was 3 years old when she started gymnastics, and quickly found her passion in gymnastics. During the 2008 Summer Olympics, she was glued to the TV, wearing a USA leotard, and singing the national anthem during Shawn Johnson's gold medal performance. Just a year later, she met Shawn at the 2009 Visa Championships. She began competing as a Level 4 just after she turned 6. She advanced through the JO levels each year. In 2013, she began attending the US Women's Team Developmental Camps at the Karolyi Ranch. She qualified as a HOPES elite in 2014, and attended the 2014 Secret Challenge in Chicago, where she earned 2nd place on beam. She continues to train for elite competitions, and hopes that someday she will wear the red, white and blue and compete for the United States in international competitions. When not in the gym or attending home school co-op with her friends, Lauren enjoys arts and crafts, pop music, hiking and biking outside and playing with her Bengal cat, Zeus, and Labradoodle puppy, Athena.

My Goals
  • Qualify to HOPES/Secret Classic 2015
  • Qualify to JO Nationals 2015
  • Continue to earn invitations to Developmental Camps
  • Eventually get invited to National Team Camp
  • Successfully compete a pak salto
  • Learn a Tkatchev on bars
  • Achieve a double arabian on floor
  • Achieve a double back dismount on beam
  • Achieve a full-out dismount on bars
My Accomplishments
  • 1st place Colorado State Championships Floor - Level 4
  • 1st place Colorado State Championships Floor - Level 7
  • 1st place Colorado State Championships Floor & Beam - Level 9
  • 1st place Region 3 Regional Championships Floor & Beam - Level 9
  • Secret Challenge HOPES - 2nd place Beam
My Skills
  • Yurchenko Layout (Vault)
  • Pak Salto (Bars)
  • Stalder (Bars)
  • Double Back Dismount (Bars)
  • Back handspring layout step out (Beam)
  • Side Aerial (Beam)
  • Front Aerial (Beam)
  • Switch Half to Back Tuck (Beam)
  • 1.5 Dismount (Beam)
  • Double Pike (Floor)
  • 2.5 to Layout (Floor)
  • 1.5 to Full (Floor)
Some of My Favorite Things
  • Event: Floor & Beam
  • Gymnast: Shawn Johnson
  • Movie: Elf
  • Book: The Fault in our Stars
  • TV Show: Anything on HGTV
  • Skill: 2.5 full on floor
  • Strawberries with Hawaiian Sugar
Fun Facts About Me
  • When not in the gym, Lauren enjoys hiking in the mountains with her Labradoodle puppy, Athena, and making arts & crafts from ideas that she finds on Pinterest.
  • Lauren has been on the Honor Roll at Colorado Connections Academy in 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade
  • Lauren was born with a defective heart, which was undiagnosed until she was 4 years old. She has endured two heart surgeries, and gives back to her local Children's Hospital by helping with a Dance-a-thon fundraiser for the Heart Institute every year
  • Lauren loves boogie boarding when she goes to Hawaii