This 12-year-old Cincinnati Gymnast Qualified for a National Team

Named as Cincinnati Gymnastics Academy’s Level 9 Most Improved Athlete, Ellie has also qualified for TOPs (USAG’s talent opportunity program) national testing and the Diamond Team.

Name: Ellie Monahan
Age: 12

Photograph courtesy Devyn Glista

Biggest role model: Amelia Hundley, because I saw her push through rough times and reach her goals.

Greatest moment: I think the best feeling is when you have been working on a skill for a long time and you finally get the skill!

Ultimate goal: My short-term is to make it to level 9 Nationals, and my long-term goal is to eventually do college gymnastics.

Pre-competition rituals: Make sure I get enough sleep. I always try to eat a healthy meal before the competition and I say prayers before the events.

What’s next: I plan to keep doing gymnastics, competing in level 9 this season and hopefully level 10 next season. I plan to keep competing through high school and then hopefully in college.

Favorite gymnast: Ashley Priess Johnston. She was my coach for about three years and helped me a lot with fears!

Why do you enjoy gymnastics? My parents, coaches, and friends make gymnastics a very enjoyable sport for me because my parents are always supportive as well as my friends. And, of course, it’s really fun to flip!

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