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As her skills became greater and her levels higher, her goals began to grow; she wanted to become an Elite athlete. She was aware and ready for the commitment and dedication required. In 2013, she became a Junior Elite. Her first year as a Junior Elite was not filled with first place medals. In reality, it came with a few defeats on the competition floor. Those defeats made her stronger and more determined.
The following athletes were selected to represent the U.S.A. at the Federation of International Gymnastics “World Age Group” Games:
In 2008, Coaches Linda Laaker & Jon Williams were selected as the Junior Olympic Developmental Coaches Of The Year In Kansas City, Missouri!!!
Josh Kensil was named to the 2011 U.S.A.G. Men’s National Tumbling Team & to the 2011 World Championship Team that competed in Birmingham, England. Linda Laaker was named Assistant Coach to the 2011 U.S.A.G. World Championship Team!!!
At the, 2012 U.S.A.G. Junior Olympic National Championships (Long Beach, CA), C.I.T.T. produced 3 National Champions and 14 Medalists (Gold, Silver, Or Bronze)!!! All of their 21 athletes made the podium in 7th Place or higher.
In 2014, she transitioned into the Open Elite division with one goal in mind. She wanted to compete in Odense, Denmark in November 2015, to represent the USA at the World Age Group competition. She had a dream to work toward. The first qualifying event was the 2015 Elite Challenge held in Colorado Springs at the Olympic Training Center where she took home the Gold medal. The second qualifying event was held in Greensboro, NC at the USA Gymnastics National Championships, she received the Silver medal.
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All of these athletes traveled with the U.S.A. delegation and competed against athletes from approximately 35 nations, and all (but one) placed in the top 12...or better!!! Megan Sangalli proudly won the Bronze Medal for the U.S.A... against extremely strong Russian athletes!!!
is an Elite member of the Central Illinois Tumbling and Trampoline team. She began her career 10 years ago competing walkovers in USTA. In her first season, she received second place at the USTA Nationals. This second place finish was motivation enough for her to work hard and dream big. During her first year in USA Gymnastics, she had a perfect season winning the gold medal at State, Regionals, and Nationals. She was incredibly proud to become a national champion.
She had done her best. Now, she had to nervously wait for the World Age Group Selection Committee to make their decision. On June 28, 2015, she received a phone call from her coach, Linda, which would change her life. She had been selected to be a member of the World Age Group Team representing the United States of America in Denmark. Her dream had come true.
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