Round two of Elevate the Stage will kick off March 13-15 in Birmingham, Alabama. Although hundreds of level 10s are slated to compete on Saturday, March 14, we’ve previewed five exciting competitors to keep an eye on during the meet.
The field consists of elite-level gymnasts and Nastia Liukin Cup qualifiers, all with experience competing on podium. If the first session in Toledo is any indication, the competition should be fierce, with veterans and breakout stars alike looking to score at one of the biggest J.O. meets of the year.
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Lucy Tobia, Parkettes
Keep an eye on Lucy Tobia, who has experience at the elite level. Last year, she placed sixth in the all-around at the Hopes Championships and took home a bronze medal on the balance beam. Tobia has also scored second-place or better in the all-around at every level 10 meet she’s entered so far this season.
With season-high scores of 9.600 or better on every event, Tobia should be a top competitor at Elevate. Definitely watch her beam and floor routines, where she typically excels.
Amelia Disidore, GAGE
One of the biggest breakout competitors of the year is Amelia Disidore. The level 10 has had a hugely successful season so far, qualifying for the 2020 Nastia Liukin Cup for the first time after winning the 2020 Dragon Invitational.
The most impressive part about this feat is the fact that this is Disidore’s first year competing as a level 10. Last year, she was a level 9 and placed fifth at the Level 9 Western Championships with a huge 37.525. It’ll be interesting to see if the breakout superstar can continue her rise at Elevate next weekend.
Jayden McDonnell, Infiniti Elite
Also check out Jayden McDonnell, who qualified and competed in the 2016 Hopes Championships. She’s had a stellar season so far, placing second at Brestyan’s Las Vegas Invitational with a 37.525 and first at the Everest Classic last weekend with a 36.700.
McDonnell’s best event is floor, which she’s won multiple times so far this season. If she can hit her routines on every event, McDonnell could be a threat to the all-around at Elevate.
Charlotte Booth, Brandy Johnson’s
Charlotte Booth is perhaps one of the most impressive gymnasts competing at Elevate Birmingham. The level 10 has experience at the junior elite level, competing at both the 2019 U.S. Classic and the 2019 American Classic. Booth also earned a top-three finish at five of the six level 10 meets she competed in last season.
Booth’s level of difficulty, combined with her experience competing on podium, should give her an edge at this competition. Pay particular attention to her vault, where she’s capable of performing a Yurchenko 1.5.
Nicole Desmond, Parkettes
Another standout level 10 with elite-level experience is Nicole Desmond of Parkettes Gymnastics. She recently placed sixth in the all-around at the 2020 Metroplex Challenge with a second-place finish on vault. On the J.O. side, Desmond finished third in the all-around at this year’s Parkettes Invitational with a massive 37.575 and won gold on beam (9.725) and floor (9.825).
Desmond also took home both the balance beam and all-around titles at the 2019 Hopes Championships, which shows her ability to compete under pressure. Elevate is one of the biggest J.O. meets of the year, and it’s exactly the sort of competition Desmond tends to thrive in.