Nia Dennis

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Nia Dennis
Nia Dennis Jesolo 2014 03.jpg
Dennis competing on beam at the 2014 City of Jesolo Trophy in Jesolo, Italy.
Personal information
Country represented  United States
Born (1999-02-23) February 23, 1999 (age 18)
Columbus, Ohio, United States
Hometown Westerville, Ohio, United States
Discipline Women's artistic gymnastics
Level Senior International Elite
Years on national team 2012-present (USA)
Club Legacy Elite Gymnastics
College team UCLA Bruins (2017-21)
Head coach(es) Wu Jiani
Assistant coach(es) Li Yuejiu
Former coach(es) Kittia Carpenter, Li Li

Nia Dennis (born February 23, 1999 in Columbus, Ohio) is an American artistic gymnast. A National Team member since 2012, she began to represent the United States internationally in 2014. She trains at Legacy Elite Gymnastics in Naperville, Illinois.

Competitive history[edit]

2010–12: Career beginnings[edit]

2010[edit]

Dennis competed at the 2010 Covergirl Classic in the 10-11 Hopes Division, where she placed 2nd.[1]

2011[edit]

Dennis qualified to Junior International Elite status in 2011. She qualified to the Covergirl Classic in the Junior division. She finished 21st of 36 participants, with a score of 50.450 [2] and therefore did not advance to the National Championships.

2012[edit]

She was scheduled to compete at the Secret U.S. Classic but withdrew with injury.[3] Dennis advanced to the VISA Championships as she had already qualified. She had an excellent two days of competition, accumulating a two-day all-around score of 109.550.[4]

2013–14: Junior U.S. National team[edit]

2013[edit]

Dennis returned to the Secret U.S. Classic in 2013. She finished 5th all-around, picking up a gold medal in vault (15.250) and a silver on floor (14.600).[5] Nia advanced to Nationals in Hartford, CT. She finished her two days of competition with 112.550, placing 4th in the all-around.[6] She took home a silver medal on vault also.

2014[edit]

Dennis made her international debut in March 2014 at the City of Jesolo Trophy in Jesolo, Italy. She took home a team gold and individual silvers on the bars and all-around.[7] She went on to compete at the 2014 Pacific Rim Gymnastics Championships in Richmond, Canada, where she won the gold medal with the U.S. team and the all-around and vault silver medals.[8]

2015–present: Senior International Elite[edit]

2015[edit]

Dennis' senior international elite debut came in 2015. On February 17, 2015, it was announced that Dennis had committed to UCLA for NCAA gymnastics.[9] She will join for the 2017-18 school year and will join Olympian Kyla Ross

On July 13, 2015, it was announced that Dennis was rumoured to be leaving her long-time gym Buckeye Gymnastics and has moved to Legacy Elite Gymnastics in Illinois.[10]

Following the 2015 U.S. National Gymnastics Championships, Dennis was named to the U.S. Senior National Team and was invited to the World Championships training camp.[11]

2016[edit]

Dennis goes into the 2016 season as a second-year senior. On January 26, 2016, it was revealed that she would be the single U.S. female participant at the 2016 Stuttgart FIG World Cup event, held on March 19, 2016.[12] However, in February 2016, she tore her achilles tendon.[13]

On June 24 and 26, Dennis competed at the P&G Championships in St. Louis, MO. For this event, Dennis only competed on the uneven bars. On night one, she scored a 14.500 and on night two, she scored a 14.600, giving her a score of 29.100, and placing her in twenty-fourth all-around.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2010 Cover Girl Classic. Meet Results - Multi Women - Hope 10-11" (PDF). Gymnastics Results. USA Gymnastics. 25 July 2010. Retrieved 29 December 2014. 
  2. ^ "CoverGirl Classic Chicago, IL (USA) 2011 July 23 Artistic Gymnastics Results Women Junior". Gymnastics Results. 23 July 2011. Retrieved 29 December 2014. 
  3. ^ "Nia Dennis Profile". GymDivas.us. Retrieved 29 December 2014. 
  4. ^ "2012 Visa Championships - Women Day 2 Meet Results - Juniors" (PDF). Gymnastics Results. USA Gymnastics. 10 June 2012. Retrieved 29 December 2014. 
  5. ^ "2013 Secret U.S. Classic Meet Results" (PDF). Gymnastics Results. USA Gymnastics. 27 July 2013. Retrieved 29 December 2014. 
  6. ^ "2013 P&G Championships - Women Day 2 Meet Results - Multi" (PDF). Gymnastics Results. USA Gymnastics. 17 August 2013. p. 1. Retrieved 29 December 2014. 
  7. ^ "VII Trofeo Cita’ di Jesolo 2014 Jesolo (Venice) (ITA) 2014 Mar 22-23 Artistic Gymnastics Results Women Senior & Junior". Gymnastics Results. Retrieved 29 December 2014. 
  8. ^ "2014 Pacific Rim Championships April 9-12, 2014 – Richmond Olympic Oval Team and All-Around Results" (PDF). Pacific Rim 2014 Gymnastics Championships. 9 April 2014. Retrieved 29 December 2014. 
  9. ^ http://collegegymfans.com/index.php/recruiting-news/item/5237-dennis-to-ucla.html
  10. ^ Greaves, James. "Nia Dennis Relocates to Illinois, Training at Legacy Elite", Chatty Gymnast, 13 July 2015. Retrieved on 13 July 2015.
  11. ^ https://usagym.org/pages/post.html?PostID=17197&prog=
  12. ^ http://thegymter.net/2016/01/26/stuttgart-world-cup-competitors-announced-2/
  13. ^ https://twitter.com/LaurenCHopkins/status/700372111974649857