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

2 thoughts on “CONFIRMED: Nia Dennis Relocates to Illinois, Now training at Legacy Elite”

  1. I don’t know why Nia transferred gyms but having worked at Buckeye for 10 years in the past, I know that Kittia works tirelessly for all of the girls there. She makes countless sacrifices in her personal life to promote the well-being of anyone she coaches. Everyone has their own opinion, but maybe Nia just needed a change. She has worked tremendously hard to get where she is but I’m sure the coaches at Buckeye also had a little something to do with her success. 😊

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    1. Hi Carol,

      I’m sure Nia’s move had nothing to do with the coaching of Kittia nor the whole environment of Buckeye Gymnastics and is no personal vendetta to you guys. I imagine she just needed a fresh start and Legacy Elite offered that to her. Congratulations on moulding her into the gymnast she is today and good luck to your aspiring elite gymnasts in their bid to become as great as Nia. 🙂

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