Sixteen years ago we were seeing the last days of the new millennium, today we talk about the 2000 babies as Rio’s new seniors. So how did they do?
Nina Derwael (BEL). Nina’s debut was a highlight for Belgium at the Olympics since she scored a 15.133 on uneven bars during the qualification round and was named a reserve for the bars final. To close the year Nina won the all-around title at the Blume Memorial competition.
Shallon Olsen (CAN) debuted her Amanar at the Olympics and not only did she help her team to a ninth place finish in the qualification round, she also advanced to the vault final where she finished 8th.
Alison Lepin (FRA) was a standout for the French Team at Europeans for her uneven bars routine where she scored a 14.600. She did not make the French Olympic Team but is expected to be a big contender for major international teams next year.
Marine Boyer (FRA) debuted as France’s best beam worker. She won a silver medal at Europeans and advanced to the Olympic beam final where she finished fourth. Her result is one of the best in France’s Olympic history.
Tabea Alt (GER) made her senior debut at the American Cup where she finished in 7th place. She then contributed on all four events at the Rio Test Event to help Germany qualify a full team to the Olympics. In Rio, Tabea contributed her team’s top scores on vault and beam. Germany placed 6th in the team final in Rio.
Angelina Melnikova (RUS) emerged as the new senior to watch for Russian gymnastics. At Europeans she contributed on all four events during the team final and advanced to the beam final where she finished 5th. The Olympics did not go as expected for Angelina as she did not qualify to the all-around final and fell off the beam during the team final. Melnikova finished off the year by winning the Grander Memorial and showing an amazing beam routine at the 2016 Swiss Cup.
Lauren Hernández (USA) was the youngest Olympic medallist with her silver medal on beam. She finished off the year by competing at “Dancing With Stars” where she became the youngest champion in the show’s history.