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Letter to Junior Olympic Gymnastics Community from Li Li Leung

By Li Li Leung, 05/22/19, 10:30PM EDT

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May 22, 2019

To the women’s and men’s gymnastics Junior Olympic community:

With the 2018-19 Junior Olympic season coming to a close this month, I wanted to send my heartfelt congratulations to the athletes and coaches, not only to those who competed at the Junior Olympic National Championships, but also to everyone who participated in every level of the Junior Olympic program for your hard work and dedication. 

I had the opportunity to attend both the men’s and women’s National Championships and watch young women and men giving their all on behalf of their regional teams.  It was wonderful to meet so many of the athletes, parents, club owners, coaches and judges.  I enjoyed watching the talented young men and women perform and presenting medals, as well as welcoming some of the newest men’s junior national team members and participating in the women’s entrance tunnel of “high-fives”.  It was a personal treat to see many familiar faces from my days as a gymnast and coach and to meet new ones. 

Watching the competition brought back treasured memories from when I competed as a gymnast, and a time when I didn’t realize how much time and effort meet directors, coaches, club owners, judges, administrators, volunteers and parents put in to stage all of the competitions, from invitationals to state, regional and national Junior Olympic championships.  This doesn’t include the hours spent training and coaching athletes, running the club, and shuttling children. We appreciate your commitment to doing what it takes, and we recognize that we wouldn’t be able to do this without your support.

Thank you for everything you all do on behalf of our athletes.  Your dedication and passion are evident, and all of you are the reason gymnastics is the incredible sport it is. 

I am looking forward to the next season!

Li Li Leung

President and CEO

USA Gymnastics