Peyton Ernst
Ernst peyton 2013 nats
Ernst at the 2013 US National Championships

Country represented

Flag of the United States of America United States of America


January 27 1997 (1997-01-27) (age 20)
Covington, Louisiana, USA


Texas Dreams Gymnastics


Kim Zmeskal-Burdette, Chris Burdette

Current status


College team

Alabama Crimson Tide

Peyton Ernst (born January 27 in Covington, LA) is a retired elite American artistic gymnast. She trained at Texas Dreams Gymnastics, where she was coached by former World Champion Kim Zmeskal. She currently attends the University of Alabama and competes for their gymnastics team. Prior to her transfer there in 2016, she competed for the University of Florida.

Junior Career

In 2010, Ernst competed at the CoverGirl Classic, where she placed seventeenth in the all-around. She moved on to compete at the Junior Visa Championships, where she placed seventeenth in the all-around, nineteenth on vault and uneven bars, tenth on balance beam, and tied for twenty-sixth on floor exercise.

The following year, Ernst competed at the American Classic, where she placed fourth on vault and uneven bars, and tied for sixth in the all-around and on balance beam. At the CoverGirl Classic, she only competed on uneven bars, where she placed sixteenth. At the Junior Visa Championships, she placed sixth on balance beam.


Ernst at the 2012 Secret U.S. Classic

In 2012, Ernst competed at the newly named Secret U.S. Classic, where she placed fifth on vault, sixth in the all-around, and seventh on uneven bars. She moved on to the Junior Visa Championships, where she tied for seventh in the all-around and placed eighth on vault and balance beam. She was not named to the National team, but she was invited to a National team training camp.

Senior Career


Ernst's senior debut was supposed to be at the 2013 WOGA Classic, but she withdrew prior to the competition.

In late February, Ernst was added to the National team. She also was selected to compete at both the European Tour (City of Jesolo Trophy and GER-ROU-USA meet) and the Tokyo World Cup. Those three competitions were her senior international debut.[1]

In Jesolo, Ernst won gold with the American team and placed fourth in the all-around. She contributed to the US's gold medal finish and tied for silver in the senior all-around with compatriot Simone Biles at the GER-ROU-USA Friendly in Chemnitz at the end of March.

In April at the Tokyo World Cup, she won silver in the all-around, placed first on vault and floor exercise, second on uneven bars, and fifth on balance beam.

In July, she competed at the US Classic, where she placed second in the all-around, fourth on bars, first on beam, and second on floor. At Nationals, she placed fourth in the all-around, on bars and beam, and tenth on floor.

She was announced as a competitior (alongside compatriot Maggie Nichols) for the Mexico Open in late November, to replace Elizabeth Price.[2][3] She was second at the end of day one, and third at the end of day two, 0.150 behind compatriot Nichols. However, since only one American could place in the all-around, and Ernst was brought in specifically to replace Price, she ended up winning the silver behind Spain's Roxana Popa and ahead of Uzbekistan's Oksana Chusovitina.


In early February, she was announced as a competitor for the Tokyo World Cup in April,[4] but was replaced in the lineup by Maggie Nichols.[5] In March, she was named to the senior American team for the City of Jesolo Trophy.[6] There, she contributed to the American's gold medal finish and won silver in the all-around. In April, she was brought in to compete at the Pacific Rim Championships at the last minute, to replace a still-injured Simone Biles, and won gold with her team.[7]

She sustained a shoulder injury over the summer on vault, which required surgery and kept her out of the U.S. Classic and National Championships.[8]

Ernst committed to the University of Florida.[9] She joined her Texas Dreams teammate Kennedy Baker in 2015. In 2016, she transferred from Florida to Alabama.[10]

Medal Count

Year Event TF AA VT UB BB FX
2011Junior American Classic6446
Junior Visa Championships6
2012Junior American Classic2nd2nd3rd1st7
WOGA Classic2nd42nd62nd7
Junior Secret U.S. Classic657
Junior Visa Championships788
2013City of Jesolo Trophy1st4
GER-ROU-USA Friendly1st2nd
Tokyo World Cup2nd1st2nd51st
U.S. Classic2nd41st2nd
U.S. National Championships44410
Mexico Open2nd
2014City of Jesolo Trophy1st2nd
Pacific Rim Championships1st

Floor Music

2010-2011 - "Stairway to Heaven" by Led Zeppelin


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