INDIANAPOLIS, Aug. 19, 2015 – Three-time U.S. all-around champion Simone Biles of Spring, Texas/World Champions Centre, headlines the fifteen women who have been named to the training squad for the 2015 World Championships, Oct. 23-Nov.1, in Glasgow, Scotland. In addition, four juniors have been selected to compete internationally this fall.
2015 U.S. gold and silver medalists Lauren Hernandez of Old Bridge, N.J., and Jazmyn Foberg of Bayville, N.J., both of MG Elite, will represent the USA at the International Junior Japan Meet, Sept. 22-23 in Yokohama, Japan. Ragan Smith of Lewisville, Texas/Texas Dreams Gymnastics, who is also the alternate to Japan, and Jordan Chiles of Vancouver, Wash./Naydenov, will compete in the 2015 Top Gym meet in Charleroi, Belgium, Nov. 28-29.
The members of the training squad are:
Alyssa Baumann, Plano, Texas/WOGA
Simone Biles, Spring, Texas/World Champions Centre
Nia Dennis, Westerville, Ohio/Legacy Elite
Madison Desch, Lenexa, Kan./Great American Gymnastics Express
Gabrielle Douglas, Virginia Beach, Va./Buckeye Gymnastics
Brenna Dowell, Odessa, Mo./Great American Gymnastics Express
Rachel Gowey, Urbandale, Iowa/Chow’s Gymnastics and Dance Institute
Amelia Hundley, Hamilton, Ohio/Cincinnati Gymnastics
Bailie Key, Montgomery, Texas/Texas Dreams
Madison Kocian, Dallas/WOGA
Ashton Locklear, Hamlet, N.C./Everest Gymnastics, senior
Maggie Nichols, Little Canada, Minn./Twin City Twisters
Aly Raisman, Needham, Mass./Brestyan’s American Gymnastics
Kyla Ross, Aliso Viejo, Calif./Gym-Max
MyKayla Skinner, Gilbert, Ariz./Desert Lights Gymnastics
The World Championships training squad will attend the training camp Sept. 12-16 and the World Selection Camp, Oct. 6-9, at the USA Gymnastics National Team Training Center at the Karolyi Ranch, a U.S. Olympic Training Site, in Huntsville, Texas.