Zoe Gravier and Ariel Posen Verbally Commit to UCLA

Junior elite gymnast Zoe Gravier and Level 10 gymnast Ariel Posen from MG Elite have both verbally committed to UCLA for the 2022-2023 season on full athletic scholarships.

Gravier and Posen each announced their commitment to the Bruins on Instagram.

Both girls train under Victoria Levine and Maggie Haney who coached Olympic gold medalist Laurie Hernandez.

For more information on Gravier and Posen as well as other verbal commits to UCLA, head over to our UCLA commits page.

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Alexis Jeffrey Verbally Commits to UCLA

Junior elite gymnast, Alexis Jeffrey, from Warrensburg, MO, has announced her verbal commitment to UCLA on Instagram.

The fifteen year old gymnast currently trains at GAGE in Blue Springs, MO and will join the Bruins as a Freshman for the 2021-2022 season.

To find out more information about Jeffrey as well as other UCLA recruits, head over to our UCLA Commits page.

Peng Peng Lee Appearing at Charity Event in LA Oct. 12

1F7AD3F2-7009-403C-AFA2-CA6FAB66C931Former Bruin Peng Peng Lee will be making an appearance at a charity event at the Fonda Theater in Los Angeles on Friday, Oct. 12 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets can still be purchased at AXS.com. Benefits will go to the charity “Give An Hour” which supports mental health.

The “Strange 80’s” event will feature tons of celebrity appearances as well as a plethora of music artists performing onstage.

Meet the Bruins Returning this December

fishThe annual “Meet the Bruins” event held by the UCLA Gymnastics team will be returning to Pauley Pavilion this year on Sunday, Dec. 9 at 2 p.m. Event admission is free and seating is first come, first serve.

The format for this year’s event has not yet been announced. In previous years, the event has been more of a showcase to show fans what the Bruins have been working on during the preseason. Last year it was a Blue vs Gold intrasquad.

The event will not be broadcast on Pac-12 Network, however there might be a livestream. More information will be provided as it becomes available.

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Gracie Kramer in New York Times Article

00BCF328-9286-4AD3-ACC8-1266AC3D0070The New York Times published an article about how athletes are staying in shape over the summer. They interviewed UCLA Gymnastics’ very own Gracie Kramer about how and why she decided to stay in shape over the summer before preseason starts. Read what she had to say below and check out the full article at NYTimes.com.

“We’re expected to come back Sept. 17, the day we report, in our best shape,” said Gracie Kramer, a junior on U.C.L.A.’s gymnastics team.

Kramer was on campus last week taking an intensive six-week course in Croatian, strategically getting her language requirement out of the way over the summer rather than spreading it out over three quarters during the school year.

“If you know what to expect for preseason, you know you have to kick your butt in the off-season,” Kramer said. “If you don’t, you’re out of luck: You have to accept the consequences of not making lineups, not being able to compete as much as you want.”

So each day Kramer, whose events include the vault and the floor exercise, arrives at the gym before 8 a.m. and does what she termed, pun unintended, a “flexible” workout for a few hours. She prefers the “nice open gym” at U.C.L.A. as opposed to the gym she would use near her childhood home a couple of hours away, one that she would need to share with local club teams.

Jordyn Wieber on Sam Peszek’s Podcast

UCLA Gymnastic’s current floor coach, Jordyn Wieber, recently spoke with former Bruin Samantha Peszek on her “I Have Cool Friends” podcast.

In the interview, Wieber talks about how she’s constantly striving to make gymnastics a safe sport. She also discusses what it was like to be Peszek’s roommate for a year.

Listen to an audio clip of the podcast episode below and check out the full hour-long interview on the “I Have Cool Friends” website.

Katelyn Ohashi Discusses the Difference Between Elite and NCAA Gymnastics with Lenny Letter

Via: Lenny Letter

UCLA’s very own viral superstar, Katelyn Ohashi, was interviewed by Lenny Letter. In the interview, she talks about how college gymnastics helped her rediscover her love for the sport. Check out an excerpt below and read the entire article on LennyLetter.com.

You’ve probably seen Katelyn Ohashi. Back in April, the 21-year-old UCLA junior did double layouts to iconic Michael Jackson hooks all over Facebook feeds to an audience of nearly 100 million viewers. It starts with a cool glance to the audience from beneath an imaginary “Smooth Criminal” hat, before alternating mind-bending gymnastic moves with slick moonwalks and finishing with a “Thriller”-like cackle. She performed the routine at fifteen meets this season and got a perfect 10 three times, but it wasn’t until the Pac-12 championships in March, which her college won for the eighteenth time, that the Internet really took notice.

I’ve gotten to see her perform since she was a teenager, winning national and international competitions as one of America’s most successful elite gymnasts, pegged for the Olympics at twelve years old. Yet there was a darker side to all the high scores and praise, one that came through the cracks of Ohashi’s intense focus and skill. [Read more…]