Flipping Onto the National Team


Madeleine Lussier, Editor

Once a year the country’s top elite gymnasts meet at the U.S Gymnastics Championships to determine who will be a part of the country’s national team.


This year’s meet brought 23 gymnasts from 19 gyms together at TD Garden to compete for a coveted spot on the Junior National Team.


As soon as the gymnasts hit the floor, all eyes were on Leanne Wong (14) from GAGE and Sunisa Lee (15) from Midwest who were expected to battle it out for the top spot on the podium.


Leanne Wong topped the first rotation alongside her teammate Aleah Finnegan with both receiving scores of 14.6 on vault. Sunisa Lee finished the rotation in third with a 14.25 on vault.


Sunisa Lee pulled away from the competition during the next two rotations, earning the highest scores in her group on bars (14.8) and beam (14.05) with Wong close behind in second.


With just 0.55 points separating them going into the final rotation –floor– both girls knew that their routines would be the deciding factor of who earned the first place title.


Wong pulled out a nearly perfect routine with few stumbles and great musicality, where Lee’s routine faltered slightly as she struggled to stick her landings.


When asked about how she picks herself up both mentally and physically after making a mistake Wong said, “I try to just forget about it and start over again and pretend it never happened.”


At the end of the day, Leanne Wong topped the leaderboard with Sunisa Lee in second by just half of a point.


Ultimately, after two days of competition, Leanne Wong reigned as the champion of the meet, while Sunisa Lee settled for third overall. Both girls were selected to be a part of the USA Gymnastics Junior National Team.