CONFIRMED: Nia Dennis Relocates to Illinois, Now training at Legacy Elite

Unusual news hit the gymternet today as U.S. Senior National team member, Nia Dennis, is rumoured to have moved to Illinois recently and is currently training at Legacy Elite Gymnastics in Carol Stream, Ill., just 12 miles away from where this year’s Secret Classic will be held in Hoffman Estates.

The 16 year old, who had been with her previous gym, Buckeye, since 2008, is now said to be training in Illinois. The gym she has moved to, Legacy Elite, has played host to some notable elite gymnasts in the past, namely the Caquatto sistersAnna Li, who’s parents run the gym, as well as Michigan State Spartan gymnast Alina Cartwright.

Currently, the program has one elite gymnast, junior Gabby Perea, but they have a very strong Junior Olympic program and obviously uphold credible elite history. So, now for the speculation. Why has Nia decided to up sticks? and so close to Championship season, too?

Well, an answer is yet to be provided but the gymternet have speculated that the addition of Olympic Champion, Gabby Douglas, may have been a reason because perhaps Nia just doesn’t get given enough attention and has fallen out with coaches. Additionally, infamous gymnastics media website, Gymnastike, could’ve been the cause of the issue. In their recurring series, Between the Routine, they take an inside look into gyms across the country. Often instrusive, the episodes seem to expose gymnasts in a different light and various gymnasts, such as Alexis BeuclerPixie Brock and Emily Gaskins who all moved gyms shortly after their episodes aired. This seems very suspicious to me.

In addition, recent Buckeye gymnast, who used to train in Washington, Shilese Jones, is also said to be moving with Dennis and will stay at their same home. It seems like Legacy Elite is reaping the benefits!

So, who knows what the future holds for Dennis and Jones. All I hope is that it doesn’t dramatically effect their performances as they show so much promise!

Ammendment

I can now confirm Dennis’ move to Legacy Elite as her USA Gymnastics official bio page as been changed.


An article by James Greaves, editor-in-chief

Photo credits: Zimbio

Eleven Questions With Standout U.S. Gymnast…Kaitlin DeGuzman

Hello gymterneters and Chatty Gymnast fans!

In this article, U.S. Level 10 and recently turned Junior International Elite, Kaitlin DeGuzman, will answer eleven questions that we posed to her – discussing gymnastics, school and future plans! So, please take a read;


CG: This Level 10 season you placed 11th at Nastia Liukin Cup and 14th at Nationals, how did the season go for you, personally?

KDG: This season was great over all. Personally, I think I could’ve done better but overall, I am very happy with my results and how I finished.

CG: You recorded a score of 39.375 at States this year, are you aware that this is the highest score of 2015? How does it feel to hold that record?

KDG: I was not aware that this was the highest Level 10 score of 2015. If only I can score like that every time in Elite, that would be awesome! 😀

CG: You’ve recently qualified to the U.S. Classic as a Junior International Elite. What are your goals as a first year elite?

KDG: My goals are to place Top 5 at Secret U.S. Classics and to make it to P&G’s [U.S. Nationals].

CG: Do you plan on upgrading your routines for this upcoming elite season?

KDG: Yes, I do.

CG: As you were born in the Phillipines and have Filipino heritage, do you plan to represent them in international competition? Or will you stick with the US?

KDG: I don’t know if I will be good enough to compete for the U.S. as there are so many good gymnasts. [She didn’t provide a certain answer]

CG: You’re now homeschooled – Do you miss public school or do you prefer the freedom of homeschooling? KDG: I miss public school but personally, I prefer homeschooling. However, I still want to go to prom! ❤ 😀

CG: Describe your daily routine and how many hours you train per week

KDG: This is how my day looks like. I normally wake up at 6:15 am take a shower and eat on the go. I like to be over 30 minutes early for gym so I can relax before I start my workout. After morning practice I eat lunch, sometimes I go to therapy but most of the time I do my school work. I usually do more school work after afternoon practice while waiting for my mom to finish coaching. We head home eat dinner and get ready for bed. If I have time I usually watch one of my favorite TV shows.

CG: You’re age eligible for the 2016 Olympics next year, is this your main goal?

KDG: I would love the experience; if it’s God’s plan for me.

CG: Are you interested in doing collegiate gymnastics after high school graduation? Do you have any colleges in mind already?

KDG: Yes, I think it would be fun to compete in college gymnastics. However, I don’t have any colleges in mind yet.

CG: After you’ve finished gymnastics and college, what are your career aspirations? If you know, of course. 

KDG: I think I would like to become a veterinarian and/or a physical therapist.

CG: What advice would you give to gymnasts who aspire to compete at your level? Train hard, honour God. Never give up on anything because it will be worth it in the end. Also, take one practice at a time!


Evidently, you can see that Kaitlin is a ‘lady of few words’; as described by John Roethlisberger during the 2015 Nastia Liukin Cup broadcast but I like that about her! DeGuzman has her work cut out if she’s serious about making the U.S. Olympic team next year but, if she decided to compete for the Philippines, they would have a serious mega team; Ava Verdeflor, Lizzy LeDuc and then Kaitlin!

I’m sure time will tell if she’s the one for Rio!


An article by James Greaves – editor in chief for Chatty Gymnast

NOTE: We’re currently very interested in new writers for the blog. Think you could fill this role? E-mail us at; chattygymnast@gmail.com 🙂

Kiera Brown Dismissed From Georgia, Due to Violation of Team Rules

We’re hearing reports that University of Georgia gymnast and Newport News resident, Kiera Brown has been dismissed from the Georgia Gym Dogs team for the 2016 season. The 20 year old, who trained at World Class Gymnastics throughout her club career, provided strength on all fourteen bars lineups last year and factored into the beam lineup nine times and floor lineup eight times. In addition, she bagged a career high on bars of 9.950 against Utah.

So, how did this come about? Well, allegedly, Brown has been dismissed from the Georgia Gym Dogs team due to violations of team rules, as told by Communications Director, Ben Beaty. Whether Kiera is continuing her education at UGA remains to be seen.

The 2016 roster features all of last year’s team members including three incoming freshmen; Caroline Bradford of Prairieville, La. (Cypress Pointe), Gracie Cherrey of Woodbury, Minn. (TCT) and Sydney Snead of Raleigh, N.C. (Sonshine). Georgia seems to be set for another great year, despite this upsetting loss!

Amendment: Brown has transferred to University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pa., however she is not listed on the 2015-16 team roster!