Rebecca Bross

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Rebecca Bross
Bross at the 2009 World Championships
Personal information
Full nameRebecca Marie Bross
Bross the Boss
Country represented United States
Born (1993-07-11) July 11, 1993 (age 25)
Ann Arbor, Michigan, U.S.
HometownAnn Arbor, Michigan
ResidencePlano, Texas, U.S.
Height5 ft 0 in (152 cm)
DisciplineWomen's artistic gymnastics
LevelSenior International Elite
Years on national team2005–12 (US)
GymWorld Olympic Gymnastics Academy
Head coach(es)Valeri Liukin
Former coach(es)Natalia Marakova
ChoreographerAntonia Marakova
RetiredJuly 1, 2012

Rebecca Marie Bross (born July 11, 1993) is an American former artistic gymnast and six-time World Championship medalist.

Personal life[edit]

Rebecca Marie Bross is the daughter of Terry Bross and Donna Bross. She has one older brother named Benjamin. Her parents put her in a gymnastics class at the age of five.[1] She was coached by Valeri Liukin at WOGA Gymnastics.[2]


Rebecca Bross first qualified to Junior International Elite in 2005, when she also qualified to her first U.S. Nationals. She placed 16th all-around and earned a spot on the national team. She then competed in a few international assignments over the next year. At the 2006 U.S. Nationals, Rebecca placed fourth all-around, which also qualified her to the Junior Pan American Games Team. In 2007, she was again selected for the Pan American Games team. She finished second all-around, behind teammate Shawn Johnson. At the 2007 U.S. Championships, Rebecca won her first national championships title, despite a fall. She later won the Junior Japan Invitational.

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

On July 25, 2009, at the Covergirl Classic in Des Moines, Iowa, Rebecca 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 because of an ankle injury suffered during practice a few days earlier. She competed her bars routine without a dismount, thus lowering her overall score.

In August 2009, Rebecca finished third all-around behind Bridget Sloan (first) and Ivana Hong (second) at the U.S. National Championships. Rebecca 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, Rebecca 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, Rebecca 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 and just missed that score (the judges awarded her a 12.875). Her teammate Bridget Sloan claimed the gold, while Rebecca took the silver. Rebecca tied 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. Rebecca won every event with the exception of the vault, which was won by Aly Raisman. In April, she won the senior all-around title at the Pacific Rim Championships in Melbourne, Australia. At the 2010 Visa Championships, Rebecca finished Day 1 with a two-point lead. On Day 2, she finished with a three-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 United States 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 to any women in the entire meet. Russia's Aliya Mustafina was the winner, and China's Jiang Yuyuan was the silver medalist. In event finals, Rebecca clinched the bronze on the uneven bars and tied with China's Deng Linlin for the silver on the balance beam behind Romania's Porgras.

During Night 2 of competition at the 2011 Visa Championships, Rebecca dislocated her right kneecap during a third-rotation vault. Because of the injury, Rebecca sat out of competition for the remainder of the 2011 season. Despite this, she earned a second-place finish on floor exercise, with a two-night total of 29.50.[3] She also placed eighth on beam (27.6).[4]

2012 Olympic Trials[edit]

In the Summer of 2012, Rebecca Bross competed in the Olympic Trials in hopes of making the Olympic team for London. She competed on the beam and uneven bars, finishing in last place on both. Despite an excellent routine on the first night of competition, Rebecca fell three times off the bars on Night 2 and was instructed by her coach to stop mid-routine.[5] As a result of her low scores, particularly on the uneven bars — an area in which National Team Coordinator Márta Károlyi stated that the women's team would need strong competitors[6] — Rebecca did not make the main Olympic team, nor was she named as an alternate. Sports commentators speculated that Rebecca' defeat at the Trials would likely be a career-ending one because of her previous injuries and age.[7]

Post-competitive career[edit]

Rebecca has not officially announced retirement, but she has not competed since the Olympic Trials in 2012 and is currently not training. She is regarded by some gymnastics fans as "one of the most unfortunate and unluckiest gymnasts" because of the injuries she suffered. In the four-year period from 2008–12, she incurred four injuries, including a broken foot, dislocated knee and other ankle and knee injuries that could have been serious.

Since September 2013, Rebecca has been a coach at Iarov Elite Gymnastics in Dallas, Texas.[8]


As of 2011, Bross performed the following skills on these apparatus:[9]

Apparatus Skills D Score Top Score in World Championship/World Cup/Olympic Competition
Vault Double twisting Yurchenko 5.8 15.100
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 15.300
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 15.233

Floor music[edit]

2011: "Beethoven Virus"

2010: "Dark Eyes"[10]

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

Competitive history[edit]


Year Event Team AA VT UB BB FX
2006 Pacific Alliance Championships 1st, gold medalist(s) 4 5
Pan American Championships 1st, gold medalist(s) 5 1st, gold medalist(s)
U.S. Classic 6
Visa Championships 4 8 15 2nd, silver medalist(s) 20
2007 Pan American Games 1st, gold medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s)
Visa Championships 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s)
Junior Japan Int'l 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s)
2008 ITA-ESP-POL-USA Friendly 1st, gold medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s)
Pacific Rim Championships 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 8 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s)


Year Event Team AA VT UB BB FX
2009 U.S. Classic 10
Visa Championships 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 6 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s)
World Championships 2nd, silver medalist(s) 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 5
2010 American Cup 1st, gold medalist(s)
Pacific Rim Championships 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s)
U.S. Classic 1st, gold medalist(s) 6
Visa Championships 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s)
World Championships 2nd, silver medalist(s) 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s)
2011 Visa Championships 8 2nd, silver medalist(s)
2012 City of Jesolo Trophy 1st, gold medalist(s) 9 8
U.S. Classic 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 16
Visa Championships 4 13
Olympic Trials 13 14

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  2. ^ Rebecca Bross - Gymnast Rebecca Bross
  3. ^ "2011 Visa Championships - Women Day 2 Floor Rankings" (PDF). Factsheet. USA Gymnastics. 20 August 2011. Retrieved 23 August 2011.
  4. ^ "2011 Visa Championships - Women Day 2 Beam Rankings" (PDF). Factsheet. USA Gymnastics. 20 August 2011. Retrieved 23 August 2011.
  5. ^ "2012 US Olympic Trials - Finals" (PDF). USA Gymnastics. Retrieved 10 July 2012.
  6. ^ Van Deusen, Amy. "Wieber, Douglas battling for top spot". ESPN. Retrieved 10 July 2012.
  7. ^ Barnas, Jo-Ann. "Athletes and Olympics embrace social media". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved 10 July 2012.
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  9. ^ The Official Website of Rebecca Bross // Rebecca-Bross.Com
  10. ^ The Official Website of Rebecca Bross // Rebecca-Bross.Com
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  12. ^ Rebecca Bross WOGA Jr. Intl. Elite Gymnast
  13. ^ :: USA Gymnastics :: Home Page ::
  14. ^ :: USA Gymnastics :: Home Page ::
  15. ^ :: USA Gymnastics :: Home Page ::

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