“Soccer — she was afraid of the soccer ball, so that sport didn’t last very long.”. Div. , In June DiCello competed at the Junior World Championship Trials. ), 2018 That DiCello will even suit up in Milwaukee is already a victory given the depth of the U.S. program. 2020 American Cup Uneven Bars. ), 2017 OlympicTalk is on Apple News. She won bronze on uneven bars behind Olivia Greaves and Sydney Morris and placed seventh on vault.. Div. DiCello, who has three siblings (including two younger sisters in gymnastics), tried other sports such as swimming and ballet. Registering a username and password on USA Gymnastics gives you access to new and upcoming features within our website. DiCello’s skills — her favorite event is uneven bars — remind Liukin of Ross, who is retired from Olympic-level gymnastics and is in her last season competing for UCLA. In 2012, Kyla Ross was the top rising junior. Coverage airs at 12:30 p.m. The complex skill requires a gymnast to fly backwards onto the vaulting table and push off with her hands, launching herself into the air to flip backwards and wrap two full twists before planting her feet firmly back on the mat. Kelli Hill coached the three-time Olympian Dawes, 2000 Olympian Elise Ray and 2004 Olympian Courtney Kupets. USA Gymnastics can enter two gymnasts per gender at the American Cup, its biggest annual international meet. While Ross and Hernandez each made the quick jump to the Olympics, the other top juniors from those years (Katelyn Ohashi, Jazmyn Foberg) suffered injuries, stepped away from elite competition and went the NCAA route.  There she won gold in the team, vault, and uneven bars and silver in the all-around behind Jordan Bowers. They began realizing this when toting their daughters to the gym and seeing photos of Dominique Dawes on the walls or the Magnificent Seven in the lobby. , In July DiCello competed at the U.S. Classic where uncharacteristic falls on the balance beam and floor exercise resulted in an eleventh place finish in the all-around. DiCello, who has battled back and ankle injuries, is already committed to the University of Florida after she graduates high school in two years. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! 2019 U.S. Championships Day 2 Vault.  Together the team won bronze, finishing behind Russia and China. She began gymnastics when she was two. 13k Followers, 672 Following, 70 Posts - See Instagram photos and videos from Kayla DiCello (@kayladicello)  In early July, DiCello competed at the American Classic where she finished first in the all-around with a score of 55.400, posting the highest score of the competition amongst both juniors and seniors. 8th-UB (Jr. A), 2020 She also finished first on vault and balance beam, second on floor, and third on uneven bars. ET on NBC, NBCSports.com/live and the NBC Sports app. She placed second behind Skye Blakely and was named to the team to compete at the 2019 Junior World Championships alongside Blakely and Sydney Barros. ), 2019 , DiCello was a HOPES gymnast in 2016 and became junior elite in 2017 after qualifying at the Brestyan’s National Qualifier. “There will be some pressure.”. “We never applied that to our kids,” Matt said. We’re looking at what start values [routine difficulty] we’ll need. P&G Championships, Anaheim, Calif. - Div. American Classic, Salt Lake City, Utah - Div. We’re looking at what start values [routine difficulty] we’ll need. 2020 American Cup Vault. “W, e have talked about it. , DiCello was officially added to the junior national team after she was named to the team to compete at the 2018 Pacific Rim Gymnastics Championships. “We have talked about it. Favorite us! U.S. Videos of Kayla DiCello 2020 American Cup Floor Exercise. “Following the U.S. [Junior] Championships and the success she had there, then it started to become, not a realization, but an opportunity that sort of presented itself, saying, hey, you might have a shot,” at the Tokyo Olympics, Matt said. Jade Carey has all but locked up one of those two. The other American in the field is 2017 World all-around champion Morgan Hurd, plus Sam Mikulak and Shane Wiskus in the men’s competition (5 p.m., NBCSN, NBCSports.com/live, NBC Sports app). DiCello was born to Matt and Kecia DiCello in 2004, and has three siblings, two sisters named Karleigh and Kyra and a brother named Hunter. USA Gymnastics is the National Governing Body (NGB) for the sport of gymnastics in the United States, consistent with the Ted Stevens Olympic & Amateur Sports Act, the Bylaws of the United States Olympic Committee and the International Gymnastics Federation. Her younger sisters Karleigh and Kyra are also gymnasts.  Later that month DiCello was named to the team to compete at the 2019 City of Jesolo Trophy. She is the 2019 Junior World Champion on vault and the 2019 U.S. Individually she finished fourth in the all-around behind Russians Viktoria Listunova and Vladislava Urazova and Ou Yushan of China. U.S. Classic, Chicago, Ill. - “Olympic trials is going to be more difficult than Olympics,” said DiCello, whose first Olympic memory was watching the 2012 Fierce Five take gold in London. 1st-AA, VT, FX; 3rd-UB(T); 4th-BB (Jr.  During team finals, she helped the USA win silver behind Russia. GK U.S. Classic, Louisville, Ky. - 1st-UB; 2nd-AA, VT; 3rd-FX(T) (Jr. 2nd-AA, 2019 Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to share on Flipboard (Opens in new window), Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window), Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window), “It should give you a sense of confidence just to be selected,” said NBC Sports analyst, “A first-year senior in an Olympic year is a very difficult position to be in,” Hill said after DiCello won the junior title. “She does definitely have a little bit of everything.”. Hopes Championships, Hartford, Conn. - 3rd-UB(T); 7th-VT (Jr. , With her placements at these three competitions, DiCello entered the August 2018 U.S. National Championships in Boston as one of the favorites for the Junior national title along with Wong, Bowers, and Sunisa Lee.
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