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We are so proud of Emily Lee for her performance at the Hopes and Elite Qualifier/American Classic, held July 3-5 at the National Team Training Center in Huntsville, TX.

West Valley gymnast Emily Lee (age 11) posed outside the National Team Training Center in Texas before competing at the American Classic Elite Qualifier on July 3.

This was Emily's first time competing as a Hopes athlete and we are very excited to announce that she qualified to the Secret U.S. Classic and Challenge, which will be held July 31-Aug. 2 in Chicago!

In the Compulsory competition, Emily placed 5th on Beam, 9th on Floor and 13th in the All-Around. In the Optional competition, she tied for 1st place on Vault, took 2nd in the All-Around, tied for 3rd on Beam, tied for 7th on Floor and tied for 9th on Bars.

Way to go Emily, and good luck in Chicago!

What is Hopes?

In competitive gymnastics, the highest level is called Elite. There are two age divisions for Elite gymnasts: Junior (11-15 year olds) and Senior (16+). To become an Elite, a gymnast must compete at a qualifying meet and obtain the required Compulsory and Optional scores to go to Classics and then to the U.S. Championships.

However, before going the Elite route, many gymnasts first compete as a Pre-Elite or as a Hopes athlete. Hopes was initiated in 2006 as a program for gymnasts age 10-12 so they can compete in the traditional Elite compulsory routines as well as modified Elite optional routines. Hopes, is essentially, a "pre" Pre-Elite program that allows athletes to compete in the same qualifiers as their Elite teammates and earn their way up the ranks.

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