|— Gymnast —|
|Full name||Jessica Brizeida López Arocha|
January 22, 1986 |
|Discipline||Women's artistic gymnastics|
|College team||University of Denver|
|Head coach(es)||Melissa Kutcher|
|Assistant coach(es)||Nilson Medeiros, Carl Leland|
Jessica Brizeida López Arocha (born January 22, 1986) is a Venezuelan artistic gymnast. She competes both for the Venezuelan national team. In NCAA gymnastics, she competed for the University of Denver, and qualified to compete as an individual at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.
In 2009, she competed at the 2009 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships. In March 2010, she won the bronze medal at the Tyson American Cup. At the end of March, she won the gold medal in the all around, uneven bars, and floor exercise at the South American Games. She won medals in Moscow, Porto, and Ghent, and at the Glasgow World Cup. In September, she went to compete at the Pre-Panamerican Games, where she won two silver medals (uneven bars and balance beam) and one bronze medal (all around). In October, she competed at the 2010 World Championships, where she qualified for the all-around finals and finished in the tenth place, the best showing ever for a Venezuelan gymnast. She carried the Venezuelan flag in the closing ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games. In 2014 after performing subpar performances at the previous world championships, she began to flourish at the 2014 worlds. In qualifications she did not qualify to any individual event finals, but finished eighth in the all around, her highest world finish. Afterwards she competed at the Central American and Caribbean Games pacing first all around, beam and bars. She competed at the Stuttgart World Cup a few weeks later and won silver in the all around with high scores across all four events.
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