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Courtney McGregor
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McGregor at the 2016 Olympic Games

Full name

Courtney Louise McGregor

Country represented

Flag of New Zealand New Zealand

Born

November 17 1998 (1998-11-17) (age 18)
Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand

Years on National Team

2012-present

Club

Christchurch School of Gymnastics

Coach(es)

Svetlana Sazonova

Current status

Active

College team

Boise State Broncos

Courtney Louise McGregor (born November 17 in Christchurch) is an elite artistic gymnast from New Zealand and 2016 Olympian. She's the first New Zealander gymnast to medal at the Pacific Rim Championships. She's coached by Svetlana Sazonova at Christchurch School of Gymnastics. Her best event is vault. She currently attends Boise State University in the United States and competes for their gymnastics team.

Career

Junior Career

In February 2011, McGregor's gym was destroyed in the Christchurch Earthquake. There was talk about closing the gym completely, but she, along with her teammates, showed up at a relocation practice and made it clear that they were not going to give up. The gym was repaired and reopened afterwards. They endured another earthquake that December, but continued to train.

McGregor made her international debut at the 2012 Pacific Rim Championships in Everett, USA. She placed seventh with her team and nineteenth in the all-around. The following year, she competed at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival, placing fifth with her team, eighth on vault, and eleventh in the all-around. At the Perth International, she won team and floor exercise gold, all-around bronze, and placed fifth on bars, seventh on beam, and eighth on vault.

Senior Career

2014

McGregor made her senior debut at the Doha World Cup, where she placed fourth on vault. At the Pacific Rim Championships in Canada, she won a historic silver medal on vault, a first for New Zealand, and placed eighth on floor and thirteenth in the all-around. She was selected to the New Zealand team for the Commonwealth Games, but withdrew just prior to the competition with an injury.

McGregor recovered in time to be named to the New Zealand team for the World Championships in Nanning, China. Unfortunately, the team did not place in the top 24 in qualifications and did not qualify a full team to the next World Championships.

2015

At the Doha World Cup in March, she placed eighth on vault, and eighth on beam at the Anadia World Cup in May. At the end of the month, she placed thirtieth in the all-around at the Flanders International Team Challenge in Ghent, Belgium. In September, she made the decision to compete in NCAA gymnastics in the United States and verbally committed to Boise State University.[1] In October, she competed at the World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland, but failed to make the all-around or event finals.

2016

In April, McGregor competed at the Pacific Rim Championships, winning bronze on vault and placing fifth with her team, sixth on balance beam, seventh in the all-around, and eighth on floor exercise. The following weekend, she competed at the Olympic Test Event, placing fourth on vault and forty-fourth in the all-around. Her all-around placing qualified an individual Olympic spot for New Zealand, the first since 2000.

Rio Olympics

McGregor competed in the fourth subdivision of qualifications, starting on vault. She placed eighteenth on vault, forty-first in the all-around, fifty-seventh on floor exercise, sixty-first on balance beam, and seventieth on uneven bars.

After the Olympics, she began her freshman year at Boise State alongside fellow 2016 Olympian, Panama's Isabella Amado.[2]

Medal Count

Year Event TF AA VT UB BB FX
2012Pacific Rim Championships719
2013Australian Youth Olympic Festival5118
Perth International1st3rd8571st
2014Doha World Cup4
Pacific Rim Championships132nd8
2015Doha World Cup8
Anadia World Cup8
Flanders International Team Challenge30
2016Pacific Rim Championships573rd68
Rio de Janeiro Olympic Test Event444

Floor Music

2015-2016 - "The Phantom of the Opera" from The Phantom of the Opera (as covered by Lindsey Stirling)

References

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