Phoenix Country Day School Student a State Champion

Olivia LeBlanc, a PCDS 4th-grader, is part of a state championship gymnastics team and is preparing again to compete at the state level in a few weeks. Last fall, Olivia’s Level 4 team of only six girls from Rebound Gymnastics West won the state championship against approximately 35 other teams, some of which had more than 30 team members. (The second place team had 33 girls competing at Level 4.) Since team scores are calculated using the three highest scores from each gym for each event, having a large team is a big advantage.

Olivia’s personal accomplishments in the gym show that the 4’8” champion is on the rise. In 2012, she was first in her division at the state championships. In 2013, Olivia received a combined score of 38.625, the highest in the history of her gym, and the second highest in the state of all girls who qualified for Levels 4 and 5.

Olivia spends nearly 30 hours per week training in the gym. She also has spent time at the USA Gymnastics National Team Training Center in Huntsville, Tex., which is designated by the U.S. Olympic Committee as a U.S. Olympic Training Site. There she learned from several former Olympic gymnasts and coaches such as Valeri Liukin, 1988 Olympic champion and father of Nastia Liukin, 2008 Olympic all-around gold medal winner. (Olivia, far right, is pictured with her teammates and Mr. Liukin.)

Olivia recently competed at Level 5 in Ontario, Calif., at the Glider’s International meet. She will move up to Level 7 for two more meets in March, and then will compete at Level 7 at the spring state championships March 21-23.




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