Mattie Larson performs on the balance beam at the 2008 U.S. National Championships
May 20, 1992 |
Los Angeles, California
|Height||5 ft 2 in (157 cm)|
|Discipline||Women's artistic gymnastics|
|Level||International Elite (2006–10)|
|Club||All Olympia Gymnastics Center|
|College team||UCLA Bruins|
|Former coach(es)||Galina Marinova, Artur Akopyan, Valorie Kondos Field|
|Music||Assassin's Tango (2008)
Bust Your Windows (2011-2012)
Opera Dance (2013)
Mattie Larson (born May 20, 1992) is an American former artistic gymnast. She competed at the senior elite level from 2008 to 2010. Larson was the 2010 U.S. national champion on floor exercise. At that year's World Championships, she won a silver medal with the U.S. in the team competition, but she became known for critical mistakes that cost the U.S. the gold. Larson then competed at UCLA from 2012 to 2014.
Larson first qualified to junior international elite in July 2006 at the U.S. Classic, where she finished fifth all-around. Larson was supposed to compete at her first U.S. National Championships, but an injury forced her out of the competition.
Larson returned to competition in 2007. She finished second all-around and first on vault at the WOGA Classic. She then finished third all-around at the U.S. Classic, qualifying once again to the National Championships. She performed well enough to make the national team. She then competed at the Junior Pan American Games, her first international assignment, where she won gold in the all-around and on floor. She was named the November USOC Female Athlete of the Month.
Larson started her senior career in 2008. She finished second on beam and first on floor at the WOGA Classic. At the Gymnix International competition, she won the silver in the all-around and bronze on bars. She was also named to the Grand Prix Team in Italy but was unable to compete due to a foot injury. During the Friendship International Exchange, she placed 4th all-around and won silver on floor behind teammate Alicia Sacramone. At her first Senior Nationals, she finished seventh all-around to make the national team and qualified for the Olympic Trials. After the Olympic Trials she made the Olympic training squad. Larson had a leg injury and ultimately did not make the team.
Larson opened her 2009 season at the Gymnix World Cup and earned gold medals on beam and floor. She was selected as part of the European Tour. She did not compete all-around but helped the team win against Germany and France. Larson suffered a double-ankle sprain shortly before the 2009 U.S. National Championships. Thus, she was unable to compete and did not recover in time to secure a bid to the 2009 World Championships.
Larson came back in 2010 to win the all-around title at the CoverGirl Classic in July. A month later, she won three medals at the 2010 U.S. National Championships: gold on floor, silver in the all-around, and bronze on uneven bars. She was subsequently chosen to be a member of the U.S. team for the World Championships in Rotterdam.
In the qualification round, Larson competed all four events and would have qualified for the all-around finals in 11th place if not for the two athletes per country rule. She also failed to make floor finals, her specialty, due to a fall on her first tumbling pass, a double layout. Nevertheless, she was set to compete floor in the team finals in a "3 up 3 count" format, meaning that three gymnasts compete on an event and every score counts towards the team total. Larson had a sub-par performance, leaving out a mandatory requirement, losing her half a point, and falling on her knees on the final tumbling pass, losing another point. The U.S. was beaten for the gold by Russia by a margin of 0.2 points.
Larson was subsequently criticized not only for her mistakes but for her apparent lack of knowledge concerning the requirements in the floor exercise, as she could have made up for her missed connection by throwing in two easy skills as a front handspring and aerial (the requirement was that a gymnast must perform front tumbling as well as back tumbling).
|2010||CoverGirl Classic||Chicago, Illinois||All-Around||1||57.150|
|U.S. Championships||Hartford, Connecticut||All-Around||2||117.000|
|World Championships||Rotterdam, Netherlands||Team||2||175.196||3||233.643|
|2009||FIG World Cup||Montreal, Quebec||Balance Beam||1||14.650|
|Germany vs. USA||Mülheim, Germany||Team||1||232.400|
|France vs. USA||Rouen, France||Team||1||229.250|
|2008||Gymnix International||Montreal, Quebec||Team||1|
|U.S. Championships||Boston||Floor Exercise||3|
|U.S. Olympic Team Trials||Philadelphia||Floor Exercise||6|
|2007||U.S. Championships||San Jose||Floor Exercise||3|
|Junior Pan American Championships||Guatemala City, Guatemala||Team||1||177.501|
|U.S. Classic||Battle Creek, Michigan||Uneven Bars||2|
|2006||U.S. Classic||Kansas City, Kansas||All-Around||5|
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-07-14. Retrieved 2015-08-04.
- CLEANING UP HER ACT - Los Angeles Times
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