2021 GK US Classic field headlined by Olympic and World champions

By Patricia Duffy | May 13, 2021
2021 GK US Classic field headlined by Olympic and World champions
Simone Biles practices on beam during podium training at the 2018 U.S. Championships. (© Lloyd Smith)

The field for the 2021 GK US Classic and 2021 GK Hopes Championships was announced by USA Gymnastics on Thursday, with numerous Olympic medalists and World champions set to attend. The meet marks the first elite competition in nine years for 2008 Olympic silver medalist and three-time World champion Chellsie Memmel as well as four-time Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles’ first meet since the 2019 World Championships.

Biles will look to defend her 2019 GK US Classic all-around title while 2016 Rio Games teammate and Olympic silver medalist Laurie Hernandez will likely debut upgrades on both her signature events (beam and floor), as well as potentially add in bars and/or vault.

2016 Olympic gold and silver medalist Laurie Hernandez makes her competition return at the 2021 Winter Cup after a five-year hiatus. (© Lloyd Smith)

2017 World all-around champion Morgan Hurd will make her 2021 season debut alongside fellow team World gold medalists Jade Carey, Kara Eaker, Sunisa Lee, Grace McCallum, Riley McCusker, and 2016 Olympic team alternate MyKayla Skinner.

2021 Winter Cup all-around champion Jordan Chiles, 2021 American Classic all-around champion Skye Blakely, and 2019 GK US Classic junior all-around champion Konnor McClain join the crowded field of senior gymnasts looking to establish themselves as contenders for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic team.

2021 Winter Cup all-around champion Ella Kate Parker headlines the junior division, along with 2021 American Classic all-around champion Kailin Chio.

The GK Elite-sponsored events will take place from May 21-22 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis. Gymnastics Now will be on-site with live coverage of both the junior and senior divisions of the 2021 GK US Classic.

Due to the volume of competitors qualified to compete in the senior division of the GK US Classic, the field will be divided between two sessions on Saturday, May 22. Per USA Gymnastics, “Session assignments were chosen by random draw per USA Gymnastics’ rules and policies.”

Two-time World champion Grace McCallum at the 2019 American Cup. (© Lloyd Smith)

Originally set for Saturday afternoon, the junior competition has been moved to Friday, May 21, and both the GK Hopes Championships divisions (11-12 and 13-14) will compete in a single session.

The event will be open to limited spectators with the priority for purchasing tickets given to local member clubs.

The GK Hopes Championships will air live on FloGymnastics on Friday, May 21 at 1:45 p.m. ET, followed by the GK US Classic junior competition at 6:45 p.m. ET.

On Saturday, May 22, the first senior session will stream on NBC’s Peacock starting at 1 p.m. ET; the second senior session will be broadcast on NBCSN at 7 p.m. ET that evening.

In addition to being the unofficial kickoff event for the 2021 summer Olympic season, the GK US Classic also serves as the final opportunity for female gymnasts to qualify to the 2021 U.S. Gymnastics Championships, which will be held June 3-6 in Fort Worth, Texas.

The GK Hopes Championships features rising stars from the women’s artistic discipline and marks the end of the 2021 Hopes season.

The fields for both the 2021 GK US Classic and 2021 GK Hopes Championships are listed below by session. This list is as of May 13, 2021.

2021 GK US Classic

Junior session – Friday, May 21 at 6:45 p.m. ET on FloGymnastics

  • Charlotte Booth, Clermont, Fla./Brandy Johnson’s Global Gymnastics
  • Sage Bradford, Flower Mound, Texas/WOGA Gymnastics
  • Kailin Chio, Henderson, Nev./Gymcats Gymnastics
  • Madray Johnson, Dallas, Texas/WOGA Gymnastics
  • Katelyn Jong, Allen, Texas/Metroplex Gymnastics
  • Avery King, Dallas, Texas/WOGA Gymnastics
  • Kaliya Lincoln, Frisco, Texas/WOGA Gymnastics
  • Nola Matthews, Gilroy, Calif./Airborne Gymnastics Training Center
  • Zoey Molomo, Frisco, Texas/Metroplex Gymnastics
  • Ella Murphy, Frisco, Texas/WOGA Gymnastics
  • Joscelyn Roberson, Texarkana, Texas/North East Texas Elite Gymnastics
  • Ella Kate Parker, West Chester, Ohio/Cincinnati Gymnastics
  • Azaraya Ra-Akbar, Columbia, Md./World Class Gymnastics
  • Autumn Reingold, Van Nuys, Calif./Gymnastics Olympica USA
  • Paloma Spiridonova, Torrance, Calif./WOGA Gymnastics
  • Izzy Stassi, North Royalton, Ohio/Gym X-Treme
  • Tiana Sumanasekera, Pleasanton, Calif./West Valley Gymnastics School
  • Lucy Tobia, Schnecksville, Pa./Parkettes National Gymnastics Center
  • Gabriella Van Frayen, Lewis Center, Ohio/Gym X-Treme
  • Paityn Walker, Hercules, Calif./Head Over Heels

Senior session I – Saturday, May 22 at 1 p.m. ET on NBC Peacock

  • Skye Blakely, Frisco, Texas/WOGA Gymnastics
  • Sophia Butler, Houston, Texas/Discover Gymnastics
  • Skylar Draser, Breinigsville, Pa./Parkettes National Gymnastics Center
  • Addison Fatta, Wrightsville, Pa./Prestige Gymnastics
  • eMjae Frazier, Erial, N.J./Parkettes National Gymnastics Center
  • Laurie Hernandez, Old Bridge, N.J./Gym-Max Gymnastics
  • Shilese Jones, Westerville, Ohio/Future Gymnastics Academy
  • Hailey Klein, Lake Forest, Ill./Flips Gymnastics North Shore
  • Temple Landry, Maple Grove, Minn./Twin City Twisters
  • Emma Malabuyo, Flower Mound, Texas/Texas Dreams Gymnastics
  • Grace McCallum, Isanti, Minn./Twin City Twisters
  • Konnor McClain, Cross Lanes, W.Va./Revolution Gymnastics
  • Chellsie Memmel, Dousman, Wis./M and M Gymnastics
  • Elle Mueller, Ham Lake, Minn./Twin City Twisters
  • Katelyn Rosen, Boerne, Texas/Mavericks Gymnastics
  • Jamison Sears, Yorktown, Va./World Class Gymnastics
  • Ava Siegfeldt, Williamsburg, Va./World Class Gymnastics
  • Faith Torrez, Bristol, Wis./Legacy Elite Gymnastics
  • Mya Witte, Greenacres, Fla./Genie’s Gymnastics
  • Lexi Zeiss, Omaha, Neb./Omaha Gymnastics Academy

Senior session II – Saturday, May 22 at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN

  • Ciena Alipio, San Jose, Calif./Midwest Gymnastics Center
  • Sydney Barros, Lewisville, Texas/World Champions Center
  • Simone Biles, Spring, Texas/World Champions Center
  • Jade Carey, Phoenix, Ariz./Arizona Sunrays
  • Jordan Chiles, Spring, Texas/World Champions Centre
  • Kayla DiCello, Boyds, Md./Hill’s Gymnastics
  • Amari Drayton, Spring, Texas/World Champions Centre
  • Kara Eaker, Grain Valley, Mo./Great American Gymnastics Express
  • Aleah Finnegan, Lee’s Summit, Mo./Great American Gymnastics Express
  • Karis German, Spring, Texas/World Champions Centre
  • Morgan Hurd, Middletown, Del./First State Gymnastics
  • Alonna Kratzer, Suwanee, Ga./Top Notch Training Center
  • Emily Lee, Los Gatos, Calif./West Valley Gymnastics School
  • Sunisa Lee, St. Paul, Minn./Midwest Gymnastics Center
  • Lauren Little, Mooresville, N.C./Everest Gymnastics
  • Zoe Miller, Spring, Texas/World Champions Centre
  • Riley McCusker, Brielle, N.J./Arizona Sunrays
  • Kaylen Morgan, Huntersville, N.C./Everest Gymnastics
  • Anya Pilgrim, Germantown, Md./Hill’s Gymnastics
  • Lyden Saltness, Chisago City, Minn./Midwest Gymnastics Center
  • MyKayla Skinner, Gilbert, Ariz./Desert Lights Gymnastics
  • Leanne Wong, Overland Park, Kan./Great American Gymnastics Express

2021 GK Hopes Championships – Friday, May 21 at 1:45 p.m. ET on FloGymnastics


Carsyn Coleman, Corona, Calif./Precision Gymnastics, 13-14

Allyn Damelio, San Mateo, Calif./San Mateo Gymnastics, 11-12

Myli Lew, Belmont, Calif./San Mateo Gymnastics, 13-14

Jolyn Sicat Valeros, Chino Hills, Calif./Sokol Elite Gymnastics, 13-14

Tyler Turner, San Jose, Calif./Airborne Gymnastics Training Center, 11-12


Emerso Fisk, Valrico, Fla./Golden City Gymnastics, 13-14

Mia Puig, Miami, Fla./International Gymnastics Training Center, 11-12


Audrey Snyder, Annapolis, Md./First State Gymnastics, 13-14

Sydney Snyder, Annapolis, Md./First State Gymnastics, 13-14

Camie Westerman, Frederick, Md./Hill’s Gymnastics, 11-12

New Jersey

Anna Tava, Hackettstown, N.J./U.S. Gymnastics Development Center, 13-14

New York

Kieryn Finnell, Pittsford, N.Y./Rochester Gymnastics Academy, 13-14

North Carolina

Addy Fulcher, Dallas, N.C./First in Flight, 11-12


Sadie Goldberg, Columbus, Ohio/Buckeye Gymnastics, 11-12

Quinn Harris, Maineville, Ohio, Cincinnati Gymnastics, 11-12

Carly Weinberg, Westerville, Ohio/Buckeye Gymnastics, 13-14


Nicole Desmond, Wind Gap, Pa./First State Gymnastics, 13-14


Anabelle Dewey, Mount Juliet, Tenn./E.T.C. Gymnastics, 13-14


Dulcy Caylor, Irving, Texas/Texas Dreams Gymnastics, 13-14

Payton Chandler, Frisco, Texas/Metroplex Gymnastics, 13-14

Kaitlynd Kastl, Forney, Texas/Metroplex Gymnastics, 13-14

Claire Pease, Sunnyvale, Texas/WOGA Gymnastics, 11-12


Charleigh Bullock, Spotsylvania, Va./Capital Gymnastics National Training Center, 11-12

Brynn Torry, Yorktown, Va./World Class Gymnastics, 13-14


Hailey Avellar, Seattle, Wash./Ascend Gymnastics Center, 13-14

Jayla Hang, Bellevue, Wash./Ascend Gymnastics Center, 13-14