Mattie Larson

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Mattie Larson
Mattie Larson Nationals.JPG
Mattie Larson performs on the balance beam at the 2008 U.S. National Championships
Personal information
Born (1992-05-20) May 20, 1992 (age 25)
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)
Apasionada (2010)
Bust Your Windows (2011-2012)
Opera Dance (2013)
Retired 2014

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.

Junior career[edit]

2006[edit]

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.

2007[edit]

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.

Senior career[edit]

2008[edit]

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.

2009[edit]

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.

2010[edit]

Larson came back in 2010 to win the all-around title at the CoverGirl Classic in July.[1] 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.

World Championships[edit]

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).

College career[edit]

In 2009, Larson signed her letter of intent to UCLA. She competed for the UCLA Bruins from 2012 through 2014 before retiring from gymnastics.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Larson was born in Los Angeles. Her parents, Eric Larson and Gail Boggs, are actors.[3]

Competitive history[edit]

Senior career[edit]

Year Competition Location Apparatus Rank-Final Score-Final Rank-Qualifying Score-Qualifying
2010 CoverGirl Classic Chicago, Illinois All-Around 1 57.150
Floor Exercise 2 14.600
U.S. Championships Hartford, Connecticut All-Around 2 117.000
Floor Exercise 1 30.350
Uneven Bars 3 29.000
World Championships Rotterdam, Netherlands Team 2 175.196 3 233.643
2009 FIG World Cup Montreal, Quebec Balance Beam 1 14.650
Floor Exercise 1 14.950
Germany vs. USA Mülheim, Germany Team 1 232.400
All-Around 7 55.650
France vs. USA Rouen, France Team 1 229.250
2008 Gymnix International Montreal, Quebec Team 1
All-Around 2
Uneven Bars 3
U.S. Championships Boston Floor Exercise 3
All-Around 7
Uneven Bars 8
U.S. Olympic Team Trials Philadelphia Floor Exercise 6
All-Around 7
Vault 9
Uneven Bars 9
Balance Beam 11

Junior career[edit]

Year Competition Location Apparatus Rank-Final Score-Final Rank-Qualifying Score-Qualifying
2007 U.S. Championships San Jose Floor Exercise 3
All-Around 6
Uneven Bars 8
Vault 10 (tie)
Balance Beam 12
Junior Pan American Championships Guatemala City, Guatemala Team 1 177.501
All-Around 1 59.217
Floor Exercise 1 14.925
Uneven Bars 2 14.950
U.S. Classic Battle Creek, Michigan Uneven Bars 2
All-Around 3
2006 U.S. Classic Kansas City, Kansas All-Around 5

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