North Hampton, New Hampshire, May 12, 2014- New Hampshire Academy of Artistic Gymnastics (http://www.nhagymnastics.com)
announces that Level 10 gymnast, Connor Lyons competed at the 2014 Men’s Junior Olympics National Gymnastics Championships (http://www.2014jomen.com) held at the Long Beach Arena in Long Beach, California May 8-11th.
The top 750 male gymnasts from across the nation aged 11-18 years old competed at this prestigious 5-day event. Connor Lyons qualified to compete at the Junior Olympics in the 18 year old division for Level 10 gymnasts by winning the silver medal at the 2014 USA Gymnastics New England Regional Championships. Young men who earned equally high rankings in their regions throughout the United States also qualified to compete at the 2014 Junior Olympics National Gymnastics Championships.
According to USA Gymnastics, the sport’s national governing body in the United States, the U.S. Junior Olympic National Championships is one of the national championships where many Junior Olympic champions have gone on to make the U.S. National Team and represent the United States in international competition and/or to compete in collegiate gymnastics. All of the members of the men’s medal-winning 2004 (silver) and 2008 (bronze) U.S. Olympic Teams, as well as the 2012 Olympic Team, are former Junior Olympic National Championships participants.
Connor Lyons first competed in the preliminary round of the Junior Olympics yielding an All Around score of 74.200 qualifying him to move on to the Finals. In the Finals, Lyons won the Bronze Medal for his High Bar routine with a score of 13.350; he placed 9th on Vault with a score of 13.850 and 9th place for his Floor Exercise routine with a score of 13.300. Lyons placed 11th in the Finals for his All Around score of 77.500.
Lyons’ performance at the Junior Olympics was a well-earned accomplishment following a stellar 2013-2014 season and comeback from a serious neck injury that occurred early in 2013. He maintained a positive attitude throughout his recovery period, working steadfastly to return to competitive gymnastics. His fierce determination, amazing work ethic and upbeat manner helped him to surpass all expectations. His coach, Lou Datilio III believed that Lyon’s attitude and skill combined with solid coaching would yield amazing results. During the 2013-2014 season Lyons consistently placed in the top 3 of nearly every competition he participated in, continuously improving as the season progressed. By the time Lyons was ready to participate in the Junior Olympics in Long Beach, there was little doubt that he would do well in this tough competitive climate.
His coaches are excited to see what Connor Lyons will do next, confident that he will continue to strive for excellence in all that he does in and out of gymnastics.
In other news…
Ellie Johnston and Nicole Lanouette represented NHA Gymnastics at the 2014 USA Gymnastics Eastern Competition held in Tampa, Florida. These two young women competed this past season as Level 9 gymnasts for the first time, consistently performing at the highest levels throughout all of the 2013-2014 season. Their amazing competition scores yielded phenomenal results qualifying them to compete at the 2014 USA Gymnastics Easterns.
Competing on Level 9 at their age is considered remarkable and scoring as well as they have, has been thrilling for their coaches and families. Their high level of skill and astonishing attention to detail in terms of their performance levels will bode well for them as they look towards the upcoming 2014-2015 season.
About New Hampshire Academy of Artistic Gymnastics The coaching staff of NHAAGS comes with a stellar background of their own. During each of their gymnastic careers they have competed nationally and internationally for their colleges and national teams earning them high rankings amongst their peers. This gym nestled in a small town in southern New Hampshire has been coaching young boys and girls from preschool to collegiate level with little fanfare for over 40 years. They employ state-of-the-art coaching methods working seamlessly with a multi-disciplinary staff that possess expertise in areas such as kinesiology, nutrition and emotional development. This focus on the whole child has not only yielded top-level gymnasts but has forged relationships that will last a lifetime. The coaches understanding of how to develop the hearts, minds and bodies of these young athletes is what has produced amazing gymnasts like Lyons, Johnston and Lanouette.