Christina Lydia Desiderio (born August 22 in Hackettstown, NJ) is a retired elite American gymnast. She trained under Bill and Donna Strauss at Parkettes National Gymnastics Center. She currently attends LSU and competes for their gymnastics team.
Desiderio competed at the Junior Olympic Nationals, placing fifth on balance beam. The following year, she qualified elite, and competed at the U.S. Classic, placing fourth on beam and tenth in the all-around. Her performance qualified her to her first Junior National Championships, where she placed eighth on beam.
Desiderio attended several National Team training camps, but became injured in June. She recovered in time to compete at the U.S. Classic in early August, placing sixth on vault and eighth in the all-around and on floor. She did not have her best day on the second day of Nationals, falling on uneven bars twice, the second time on her dismount. She finished in eighteenth place.
Desiderio competed at the American Classic in late May, winning balance beam and floor exercise gold (the latter tied with teammate Margzetta Frazier), bronze on vault, and placing sixth in the all-around and twenty-third on bars. At the U.S. Classic in July, she performed well on her first three events, but had a rough time on her last event, uneven bars. She finished tenth overall and second on floor exercise. She had a better competition at Junior Nationals, winning bronze on floor and placing fifth in the all-around, earning herself a spot on the National Team.
In October, she verbally committed to LSU.
Desiderio made her senior debut at the American Classic in March, placing fourth in the all-around. In June, she competed at the U.S. Classic, only competing three events: vault, where she placed sixth, balance beam, where she placed ninth, and floor exercise, where she won bronze.
At the National Championships, she placed sixth on floor exercise, ninth on balance beam, twelfth in the all-around, and twenty-first on uneven bars. She successfully petitioned into the Olympic Trials, where she placed sixth on balance beam, tenth on floor exercise, twelfth in the all-around, thirteenth on vault after a fall, and fourteenth on uneven bars.
Desiderio retired from elite gymnastics in 2017 to attend LSU a year early.
|2012||Level 10 Junior Olympic Nationals||5|
|2013||Junior U.S. Classic||10||4|
|Junior U.S. National Championships||8|
|2014||Junior U.S. Classic||8||6||8|
|Junior U.S. National Championships||18||10||33||18||9|
|Junior U.S. National Championships||5||12||12||6||3rd|
|St. Louis U.S. National Championships||12||21||9||6|
|U.S. Olympic Trials||12||13||14||6||10|
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