Grace McCallum

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Grace McCallum
Full nameGrace Ann McCallum
Country represented United States
Born (2002-10-30) October 30, 2002 (age 16)
Cambridge, Minnesota USA
HometownIsanti, Minnesota USA
DisciplineWomen's artistic gymnastics
LevelSenior International Elite
Years on national team2018 – Present (US)
ClubTwin City Twisters
College teamUtah Red Rocks (2021-24)
Head coach(es)Sarah Jantzi
MusicHava Nagila (2019–Present)[1]

Grace McCallum (born October 30, 2002) is an American artistic gymnast and a three-time member of the United States women's national gymnastics team, having first been added in 2018. She is the 2018 Pan American and 2018 Pacific Rim senior women's individual all-around champion, and a member of the U.S. women's gymnastics team that won the 2018 Artistic Gymnastics World Championships team gold medal.

Personal Life[edit]

McCallum was born in Cambridge, Minnesota to Sandra and Edward McCallum. She is one of six children.[2] She does online high school through Connections Academy and has a German Shepherd named Bella.[3]

Gymnastics Career[edit]

Junior[edit]

2017[edit]

In 2017, McCallum competed at the 2017 U.S. Classic where she placed third in the all-around and first on vault. At Nationals she placed 11th in the all-around and fourth on vault.

Senior[edit]

2018[edit]

McCallum turned senior 2018 and was officially added to the senior national team when she was named to the team to compete at the 2018 Pacific Rim Gymnastics Championships.[4] There she won gold in the team and all-around finals and won silver on vault and floor exercise.[5] McCallum also competed at the 2018 City of Jesolo Trophy where she placed fifth in the all-around, fifth on vault, and third on floor exercise.[6]

In early July, McCallum competed at the American Classic, where she only competed on uneven bars and balance beam. She finished second and ninth respectively.[7]

Later that month, McCallum competed at the GK US Classic, where she placed eleventh in the all-around. She also placed eighteenth on bars, twelfth on beam, and tied for seventh on floor with Shania Adams.[8]

In August McCallum competed at the National Championships where she placed fourth in the all-around, behind Simone Biles, Morgan Hurd, and Riley McCusker. She also finished fourth on floor exercise, sixth on uneven bars, and fifth on balance beam.[9] On August 20 McCallum was named to the team to compete at the Pan American Championships alongside Jade Carey, Trinity Thomas, Kara Eaker, and Shilese Jones.[10] There she won gold in the team finals, all-around, and uneven bars and won bronze on vault and balance beam. She had the fourth highest score on floor exercise.[11][12] Her all-around score of 57.000 during the team final was the second-highest international score in the world in 2018, behind only all-around champion Biles.[13]

In October McCallum participated in the Worlds Team Selection Camp. During the competition she placed second on floor exercise behind Biles, third in the all-around behind Biles and McCusker, fifth on balance beam and vault, and seventh on uneven bars.[14] The following day she was named to the team to compete at the 2018 World Championships alongside Biles, Hurd, McCusker, Eaker, and alternate Ragan Smith.[15][16]

During qualifications the US qualified in first place to the team final. Individually McCallum qualified as the second reserve to the vault final and placed seventh on floor exercise, but did not qualify due to teammates Biles and Hurd scoring higher.[17] During the team final McCallum competed on only vault and floor exercise. She contributed 14.533 and 13.633 respectively towards the USA's team total. USA won gold with a score of 171.629, 8.766 points ahead of second-place Russia, beating previous margin of victory records set in the open-ended code of points era at the 2014 World Championships (6.693) and the 2016 Olympic Games (8.209).[18][19]

2019[edit]

In January, it was announced that McCallum would represent the USA at the American Cup alongside first year senior Leanne Wong in March.[20][21] There she won the silver all-around medal behind Wong and ahead of the two previous World silver all-around medalists, Ellie Black of Canada (2017) and Mai Murakami of Japan (2018), who tied for third place.[22] At February’s team training camp, McCallum placed first in the all-around ahead of the other national team members.[23]

At the 2019 GK US Classic in July, McCallum placed third in the all-around behind Simone Biles and Riley McCusker. She also tied for third on bars with McCusker and behind Morgan Hurd and Sunisa Lee, placed fifth on beam, and tied for second on floor with Jade Carey and behind Biles. Additionally she had the fourth highest single vault score behind Biles, Carey, and MyKayla Skinner but had the highest scoring double-twisting yurchenko.[24]

At the 2019 U.S. National Championships, McCallum competed all four events on the first day of competition but counted two falls and ended the night in ninth place, tied with MyKayla Skinner.[25] On the second day of competition she competed all her routines cleanly and was able to make a comeback and finished the competition in third place behind Simone Biles and Sunisa Lee. She also finished in sixth on bars, eighth on beam, and fourth on floor. As a result she was added to the national team for the third time.[26]

Selected competitive skills[edit]

Apparatus Name Description Difficulty[a] Performed
Vault Servente Yurchenko half-on entry, tucked salto forwards with ½ twist 4.6 2018
Baitova Yurchenko entry, laid out salto backwards with two twists 5.4 2018–19
Uneven Bars Chow 1/2 Stalder Shaposhnikova transition with ½ twist to high bar E 2018
Van Leeuwen Toe-on Shaposhnikova transition with ½ twist to high bar E 2019
Downie Stalder to counter reversed piked hecht over high bar F 2019
Balance Beam Mitchell 1080° (3/1) turn in tuck stand on one leg E 2018–19
Floor Exercise Mukhina Full-twisting (1/1) double tucked salto backwards E 2018–19
Triple Twist Salto backward straight with triple twist E 2018–19
Silivas Double-twisting (2/1) double tucked salto backwards H 2018–19
  1. ^ Valid for the 2017-2020 Code of Points

Competitive History[edit]

Junior[edit]

Year Event Team AA VT UB BB FX
2017 U.S. Classic 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 16 9 5
P&G National Championships 11 4 23 18 12

Senior[edit]

Year Event Team AA VT UB BB FX
2018 City of Jesolo Trophy 5 5 3rd, bronze medalist(s)
Pacific Rim Championships 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 6 6 2nd, silver medalist(s)
American Classic 2nd, silver medalist(s) 9
U.S. Classic 11 18 12 7
U.S. National Championships 4 6 5 4
Pan American Championships 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 4
Worlds Team Selection Camp 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 5 7 5 2nd, silver medalist(s)
World Championships 1st, gold medalist(s) R2
2019 American Cup 2nd, silver medalist(s)
U.S. Classic 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 5 2nd, silver medalist(s)
U.S. National Championships 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 6 8 4

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Just the beginning: McCallum, Wong nurture big dreams at American Cup". USA Gymnastics. February 21, 2019.
  2. ^ "Grace McCallum". USA Gymnastics.
  3. ^ Johnson, Anna Rose (July 27, 2018). "Amazing Grace!". Inside Gymnastics.
  4. ^ "USA Gymnastics names women's 2018 Pac Rim, Junior Pan Am Championships Teams". USA Gymnastics. April 10, 2018.
  5. ^ "USA brings home 29 medals from men's, women's individual event finals". USA Gymnastics. April 29, 2018.
  6. ^ "2018 City of Jesolo Trophy Results". The Gymternet. April 16, 2018.
  7. ^ "Jones, DiCello win all-around titles at 2018 American Classic today". USA Gymnastics. July 8, 2018.
  8. ^ "GK Classic Results 2018" (PDF).
  9. ^ "Biles wins fifth senior women's all-around title at 2018 U.S. Gymnastics Championships". USA Gymnastics. August 19, 2018.
  10. ^ "USA Gymnastics names U.S. Women's Team for 2018 Pan Am Championships". USA Gymnastics. August 20, 2018.
  11. ^ "U.S. women win team gold at 2018 Senior Pan Am Championships". USA Gymnastics. September 16, 2018.
  12. ^ "McCallum, Thomas go one-two in women's all-around at 2018 Senior Pan Am Championships". USA Gymnastics. September 15, 2018.
  13. ^ "2018 Pan American Championships Results". The Gymternet. 2018-09-16. Retrieved 2019-03-02.
  14. ^ "Biles wins U.S. women's World Team Selection Camp competition". USA Gymnastics. October 11, 2018.
  15. ^ "USA Gymnastics announces 2018 U.S. Women's World Championships Team". USA Gymnastics. October 12, 2018.
  16. ^ "Qualification line-up for U.S. women is announced for 2018 World Championships". USA Gymnastics. October 25, 2018.
  17. ^ "U.S. women qualify for team finals with first-place team qualification ranking at 2018 World Championships". USA Gymnastics. October 28, 2018.
  18. ^ "Simone Biles, U.S. gymnastics team win world title by record margin". NBC Sports. October 30, 2018.
  19. ^ "U.S. women win team title at 2018 World Championships, qualify for 2020 Olympic Games". USA Gymnastics. October 30, 2018.
  20. ^ "2019 American Cup field features mixture of Olympic and World medalists, rising stars". USA Gymnastics. January 10, 2019.
  21. ^ "World medallists headline 2019 American Cup". International Gymnastics Federation. January 10, 2019.
  22. ^ "2019 American Cup Live Blog". The Gymternet. 2019-03-02. Retrieved 2019-03-02.
  23. ^ "Sarah Jantzi on Instagram: "Amazing Grace 1st AA at national team camp in the senior division!!!"". Instagram. Retrieved 2019-07-18.
  24. ^ "Biles, McClain win all-around titles at 2019 GK U.S. Classic". USA Gymnastics. July 20, 2019.
  25. ^ "Biles soars to top of all-around rankings at 2019 U.S. Championships, performing two new skills along the way". USA Gymnastics. July 10, 2019.
  26. ^ "Biles soars to sixth U.S. women's all-around title at 2019 U.S. Championships". USA Gymnastics. July 11, 2019.