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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Jordyn Wieber’s Interview with ESPN About Her Sexual Abuse, the Bruins and More

jordynsummitUCLA assistant coach Jordyn Wieber attended espnW’s Women + Sports Summit and talked about the abuse she suffered at the hands of Larry Nassar and how coming forward has changed her life.

Wieber also spoke exclusively with ESPN about her hopes for the Bruins this year.

Check out a snippet of her interview with ESPN below and read the full article on ESPN.com.

espnW: How have the past nine months been for you since you came forward?

Wieber: It’s been a crazy nine months, definitely not how I expected it to go. It’s been very emotional, with so many ups and downs. What happened in January was a very hard time, but it fueled a new passion in me, and now I’m so determined to make gymnastics a safer sport and to ensure changes are made to make sure someone can’t come on and take advantage like Larry Nassar did. The past nine months have been busy but definitely rewarding. Talking about it constantly is not easy, but if it’s helping people, then I am willing to do it.

Videos of Margzetta at Podium Training in Boston

UCLA Freshman, Margzetta Frazier, is currently in Boston preparing to compete at the U.S. Championships this weekend. Frazier is representing UCLA at the championships alongside coaches Jordyn Wieber and Chris Waller. Frazier has also been sporting UCLA leotards from this past season.

USA Gymnastics has posted videos of Frazier on bars and floor during podium training. You can watch them below!

 

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.