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Nia Dennis
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Dennis at the 2015 U.S. National Championships

Full name

Nia Camille Dennis

Country represented

Flag of the United States of America United States of America

Born

February 23 1999 (1999-02-23) (age 18)
Columbus, Ohio, USA

Years on National Team

2013-2015

Club

Legacy Elite Gymnastics; Buckeye Gymnastics (former)

Coach(es)

Wu Jiani, Li Yuejo; Kittia Carpenter (former)

Current status

Retired

College team

UCLA Bruins

Nia Dennis (born February 23, 1999) is a retired American elite gymnast. She trained at Legacy Elite Gymnastics in Illinois under 1984 Chinese Olympians Wu Jiani and Li Yuejo. Prior to her move there in 2015, she trained at Buckeye Gymnastics in New Albany, Ohio. Her favorite event is vault. She began attending UCLA in 2017.

Junior Career

2011

Dennis did not qualify to elite status until 2011. She made her international debut at the Rushmoor Invitational in Farnborough, England, where she swept all five events.

2012

In 2012, Dennis dropped back to Level 10 status and qualified to the Nastia Liukin Cup, where she placed fifth in the all-around. She returned to elite status to compete at the Junior Visa Championships.

2013

At a training camp in early June, Dennis was added to the Junior National team.[1]

In July, Dennis competed at the US Classic, winning gold in vault and silver on floor exercise, and placing fifth in the all-around. At Nationals, she won silver on vault, and placed fourth in the all-around, sixth on beam, and fourth on floor.

In November, Dennis was announced as a competitor for the Mexico Open,[2] but withdrew from the lineup a week before the competition.[3]

2014

In March, she was named to the junior American team for the City of Jesolo Trophy, which marked her international debut.[4] She contributed to the American's gold medal finish, and won silver behind Bailie Key in the all-around and on uneven bars. Following Jesolo, she was named to the American team for the Pacific Rim Championships, where she won team gold, all-around and vault silver, and placed sixth on floor.[5]

Dennis competed at the U.S. Classic in early August. Due to the large amount of juniors, Dennis was one of the few juniors competing in the senior division, but she was still scored with the juniors. She won gold on bars, and silver in the all-around, vault, and balance beam. She repeated her silver medal finish in the all-around at Nationals, and picked up additional gold medals on vault and floor, and bronze on bars.

Senior Career

2015

Dennis missed the City of Jesolo Trophy and Pan American Games earlier in the year. In July, she left Buckeye Gymnastics to train at Legacy Elite Gymnastics in Illinois.[6] Fresh from her gym change, she competed in the senior division of the U.S. Classic for the first time. She only competed on vault, bars, and beam as a precaution, placing sixth on bars and seventh on beam. In August, she competed at the National Championships. She had a good competition on both days, placing fourth on balance beam and ninth in the all-around, keeping her spot on the National Team.

2016

At the beginning of the season, Dennis was named to compete at the Stuttgart World Cup,[7] but a torn Achilles tendon forced her to withdraw.[8] She was well enough to perform an exhibition uneven bars routine at the U.S. Classic in June. She only competed on uneven bars at the National Championships, placing eighth.

Dennis retired from elite competition in January 2017.[9] She attended UCLA that fall.[10]

Medal Count

Year Event TF AA VT UB BB FX
2010CoverGirl Classic (HOPES Division)2nd
2011Rushmoor Invitational1st1st1st1st1st
Junior CoverGirl Classic2110322023
2012Glider Invitational1st2nd1st1st1st
Buckeye Classic1st1st1st1st1st
Nastia Liukin Cup5
Junior Visa Championships758
2013Junior U.S. Classic51st1692nd
Junior U.S. National Championships42nd2064
2014City of Jesolo Trophy1st2nd2nd
Pacific Rim Championships1st2nd2nd6
Junior U.S. Classic2nd2nd1st2nd
Junior U.S. National Championships2nd1st3rd221st
2015U.S. Classic67
Indianapolis U.S. National Championships913410
2016St. Louis U.S. National Championships8

Floor Music

2015 - "Infiltrado" by Bajofondo

References

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