Rebecca Bross

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Rebecca Marie Bross
— Gymnast —
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Personal information
Full name Rebecca Marie Bross
Nickname(s) Becca, Bross the Boss
Country represented  United States
Born (1993-07-11) July 11, 1993 (age 21)
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Hometown Ann Arbor, Michigan
Residence Plano, Texas, US
Height 5 ft 0 in (1.52 m)
Discipline Women's artistic gymnastics
Level Senior International Elite
Years on national team 2005-Present
Club WOGA
Gym World Olympic Gymnastics Academy
Head coach(es) Valeri Liukin
Former coach(es) Natalia Marakova
Choreographer Antonia Marakova

Rebecca Bross (born July 11, 1993 in Ann Arbor, Michigan) is an American artistic gymnast. She is a six-time world medalist.

Competitive history[edit]

Rebecca Bross first qualified to Junior International Elite in 2005, where she also qualified to her first US Nationals; she placed 16th all-around and earned a spot on the national team. Rebecca then competed in a few international assignments over the next year. At the 2006 US Nationals Rebecca placed 4th all-around, which also qualified her to the Junior Pan Ams Team. In 2007 Rebecca was then selected for the Pan American Games Team. She then finished 2nd all-around behind teammate Shawn Johnson. During the 2007 US Championships, Rebecca won her first US National Championships despite a fall. She later won the Junior Japan Invitational.

Rebecca was able to compete in some Classic's and Invitationals in early 2008. She then competed at the Pacific Rim Championships with WOGA teammate Nastia Liukin, where she then won gold medals on the all-around, beam, bars and floor. She then had to sit out the rest of the year due to a broken foot.

On July 25, 2009, at the Covergirl Classic in Des Moines, Iowa, Bross competed on the Uneven Bars, scoring a 13.150 (.050 better than her teammate, Ivana Hong), but was unable to compete on floor, beam, or vault due to an ankle injury suffered during practice a few days earlier. (It should be noted that she competed her bar routine without a dismount, thus lowering her overall score.)

In August 2009, Bross finished third all-around behind Bridget Sloan (first) and Ivana Hong (second) at the U.S. National Championships. Bross also placed third on balance beam and second on floor to end a successful first senior Nationals.

The following October, at the World Championships in London, England, Bross qualified in first place into the all around final. She also qualified second on uneven bars and eighth on floor exercise. She fell on her beam dismount in preliminaries, which prevented her from qualifying on that event. In the all-around final, Bross led the competition going into the final rotation. Needing only a 12.925 to clinch the gold, she fell on her final tumbling pass on floor to just miss the score she needed (the judges awarded her a 12.875). Her American teammate Bridget Sloan claimed the gold, while Bross took the silver. Bross went on to tie Romania's Ana Porgras for the bronze medal in the uneven bars event final.

In March 2010, she won the all-around at the American Cup. Bross won every event with the exception of the vault, which was won by her teammate Aly Raisman. In April, she won the senior all-around title at the Pacific Rim Championships in Melbourne, Australia. At the 2010 VISA Championships, Bross finished day 1 with a 2-point lead. On Day 2 she finished with a 3-point lead, clinching the event to become the 2010 National Champion. She was selected for the women's team for the 2010 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Rotterdam, Netherlands. There, she helped the USA win a silver medal behind the newly dominant Russian team. In the all-around, after a fall on beam, she bounced back on floor to get the bronze medal, scoring a 15.233 - the highest score given on floor out of any women at the entire meet. Russia's Aliya Mustafina was the winner and China's Jiang Yuyuan was the silver medalist. In event finals, Bross clinched the bronze on the uneven bars and tied with China's Deng Linlin for the silver on the balance beam behind Romania's Ana Porgras.

During night 2 of competition at the 2011 Visa Championships, Bross dislocated her right kneecap during a third rotation vault. Due to the injury, Bross sat out of competition for the remainder of the 2011 season. Despite this, she still earned a second-place finish on floor exercise, with a two-night total of 29.50.[1] She also placed eighth on beam (27.6).[2]

2012 Olympic Trials[edit]

In the summer of 2012, Bross competed in the Olympic Trials in hopes of making the women's gymnastics Olympic team for London. She competed on the beam and uneven bars, where she finished in last place on both. Despite an excellent routine in the first night of competition, Bross fell three times off the bars on Night 2, and was instructed by her coach to stop mid-routine.[3] As a result of her low scores, particularly on the uneven bars—an area in which National Team Coordinator Márta Károlyi stated the USA women's team would need strong competitors[4] —Bross did not make the main Olympic team, nor was she named as an alternate. Sports commentators have speculated that Bross' defeat at the Trials would likely be a career-ending one due to her previous injuries and age.[5]

Routines[edit]

As of 2011, Bross performs the following skills on these apparatus:[6]

Apparatus Skills D Score Top Score in World Championship/World Cup/Olympic Competition
Vault Double twisting Yurchenko 5.8 14.700
Uneven Bars Glide Kip Cast to Handstand (KCHS) (B) on low bar + toe-on to handstand 1/1 (D) + Van Leeuwen (toe-on circle to Shaposhnikova 1/2) (E); KCHS (B) + piked stalder 1/1 (E) + Tkatchev (D); KCHS (B) + piked stalder 1/2 (D) + Straddled Jaegar (D); KCHS (B) + stalder to handstand 1/1 (D) + Pak Salto (D); KCHS 1/2 (B) + toe-on shoot up to high bar; KCHS (B) + giant + giant + tucked full-in dismount (D) 6.5 15.050
Balance Beam Jump on to beam; 1/1 turn in tuckstand (B); standing Arabian (F); front aerial (D) + flip flop (B) + back layout stepout (C); switch split leap (C) + back tuck (C); sheep jump (D); switch split ring leap (E); side somi (D); front tuck (D); roundoff + Arabian double front dismount (G) 6.5 15.300
Floor Exercise Front handspring + front layout (B) + double front (E) + Stag jump (A); roundoff + back layout 3/2 (C) + front layout 2/1 (D) + Split Leap (A); switch ring leap (C) + switch leap 1/2 (C); 2/1 turn with leg at horizontal (D); split leap 3/2 (D); roundoff + back layout 5/2 (D) + front layout 1/1 (C) 6.3 15.250

Floor music[edit]

2011: "Beethoven Virus"

2010: "Dark Eyes" [7]

2005-2009: "National Treasure Suite" from the National Treasure Soundtrack Jh

Competition placing results[edit]

Year Competition Description Location Apparatus Rank-Final Score-Final Rank-Qualifying Score-Qualifying
2005 Visa Championships Indianapolis, Indiana All Around 16
Floor Exercise
Uneven Bars
Vault 7
Balance Beam
US Classic Virginia Beach, Virginia Team
All Around
Floor Exercise
Uneven Bars
Vault 4
Balance Beam
Women's Junior Olympic Level 10 National Championships Ontario, California Team
All Around 5
Floor Exercise
Uneven Bars
Vault
Balance Beam 1
2006 Junior Pan American Championships Quebec, Canada Team 1
All Around
Floor Exercise
Uneven Bars
Vault 1
Balance Beam
Pacific Alliance Championships Honolulu, Hawaii Team 1
All Around 4
Floor Exercise
Uneven Bars
Vault
Balance Beam 5
Visa Championships St. Paul, Minnesota All Around 4
Floor Exercise
Uneven Bars
Vault
Balance Beam 2
2007 Pan American Games Rio de Janeiro Team 1
All Around 2
Floor Exercise 1
Uneven Bars
Vault
Balance Beam
Visa Championships San Jose, California All Around 1
Floor Exercise 1
Uneven Bars 1
Vault 1
Balance Beam 2
International Jr. Japan Competition Yokohama, Japan Team
All Around 1
Floor Exercise 1
Uneven Bars 1
Vault 1
Balance Beam 1
2008 Italy-Spain-Poland-USA Competition Jesolo, Italy Team 1
All Around 2
Floor Exercise
Uneven Bars
Vault
Balance Beam
Pacific Rim Gymnastics Championships San Jose, California Team 1
All Around 1
Floor Exercise 1
Uneven Bars 8
Vault 1
Balance Beam 1
2009 Gymnastics Covergirl Classic Des Moines, Iowa Uneven Bars 10T
VISA Championship Dallas, Texas All Around 3
Floor Exercise 2
Uneven Bars 6
Vault 4
Balance Beam 3
World Championships London, England All Around 2
Floor Exercise 5 (Tied)
Uneven Bars 3 (Tied)
Vault
Balance Beam
2010 WOGA Classic Frisco, Texas Team
Balance Beam 1
Tyson American Cup Worcester, Massachusetts All Around 1
Floor Exercise 1
Uneven Bars 1
Vault 2
Balance Beam 1
Pacific Rim Championship Melbourne, Australia Team 1
All Around 1
Floor Exercise 1
Uneven Bars 2
Vault
Balance Beam 1
Covergirl Classic Chicago, Illinois Uneven Bars 1
Balance Beam 6
VISA Championship Hartford, Connecticut All Around 1
Floor Exercise 2
Uneven Bars 1
Vault 5
Balance Beam 1
World Artistic Gymnastics Championships Rotterdam, Netherlands Team 2
All Around 3
Floor Exercise
Uneven Bars 3
Vault
Balance Beam 2
2011 VISA Championship St. Paul, MN All Around 14
Floor Exercise 2
Uneven Bars 17
Vault
Balance Beam 8

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Personal life[edit]

Bross is the daughter of Terry Bross and Donna Bross (née Brugge). She has one older brother named Benjamin. Her parents put her in a gymnastics class at the age of five.[13] She has since become one of America's top elite gymnasts. Bross returned to competition—after her knee surgery in late 2008—to compete at the 2009 US Classic in Des Moines, Iowa. She is coached by Valeri Liukin at WOGA Gymnastics.[14]

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