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Gymnast: Elizabeth Price

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Elizabeth Price
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Elizabeth Price was an alternate to the 2012 Olympic team, won the 2014 American Cup and Pacific Rim titles, and is one of the best vaulters in the world. Though Price announced in April of 2014 that she was retiring from elite gymnastics, she is a gymnast to watch in the future as an NCAA star for Stanford University.

An Explosive Vaulter:

Olympic vault silver medalist McKayla Maroney has the best Amanar in the world on the women's side, but Elizabeth Price is a close second. Price scored a massive 16.05 on her vault on the first night of the 2012 Olympic Trials, one of only three scores above 16.00 during the competition (Maroney had the other two, with a 16.10 and a 16.15 for her vaults during the two-day meet).

Watch Elizabeth Price on vault

A Solid All-Arounder:

Price isn't just a vaulter, though. She can compete well on all four events, and even placed fourth all-around at the 2012 Olympic Trials. Perhaps more impressive,she won both the 2014 American Cup and Pacific Rim Championships, as well as three World Cup all-around titles in 2012 and 2013.

Cool Skills:

Price is both a powerful tumbler and vaulter, and a dynamic bar-worker as well. On floor, she mounts with a sky-high tucked double twisting-double back (at :21) and comes back with an immediate double layout (at :24) as her second pass.

On bars, she throws a difficult toe-on piked reverse hecht (at :32) release move (called a Church), and a full-twisting double layout dismount.

Beam is considered to be Price's weakest event, but she still has a jam-packed routine. She does a standing back full at (at :13) and a round-off double pike dismount.

Personal Info:

Elizabeth Price was born on May 28, 1996 to David and Diane Price. She has two younger brothers, Ethan and Elijah, and calls Coopersburg, Pa. as her hometown.

Price goes by the nickname Ebee, and told USA Gymnastics that she started the sport in 1999 because her "mom wanted to tire [her] out."

As an elite, Price trained nearly 40 hours a week at Parkettes National Gymnastics Center, and was coached by Bill and Donna Strauss, Robin Netwall, and John Holman. She will attend Stanford University in the fall of 2014.

Price's favorite events in gymnastics are bars and floor. She likes to read Neal Schusterman books, listen to Nicki Minaj and Justin Bieber, and watch Pretty Little Liars.

Price's official website is gym-style.com/elizabeth, she tweets from @elizabeth_ebee, and her Facebook page is at Facebook.com/pages/Elizabeth-Price/17484262.

Gymnastics Results:

International:

  • 2014 Pacific Rim Championships, Richmond, Canada - 1st-Team, AA, UB, FX; 3rd-BB
  • 2014 American Cup, Greensboro NC - 1st-AA
  • 2013 Glasgow World Cup, Glasgow, Scotland - 2nd-AA
  • 2013 DTB World Cup, Stuttgart, Germany - 1st-AA
  • 2012 World Cup, Glasgow, Scotland - 1st-AA
  • 2012 World Cup, Stuttgart, Germany - 1st-AA
  • 2012 City of Jesolo Trophy, Jesolo, Italy: 1st team; 6th all-around; 2nd vault; 7th bars (tie); 5th floor
  • 2011 City of Jesolo Trophy, Jesolo, Italy (Junior Division): 1st team; 7th all-around; 3rd vault; 8th floor (tie)

National:

  • 2012 US Olympic Trials, San Jose, Calif.: 4th all-around, 5th bars; 4th floor
  • 2012 Visa Championships (US nationals), St. Louis, Mo.: 5th all-around; 8th bars; 5th floor
  • 2012 Secret US Classic, Chicago, Ill.: 5th all-around; 2nd vault (tie); 4th bars
  • 2011 Visa Championships (US nationals), Saint Paul, Minn. (Junior Division): 5th vault (tie); 4th bars
  • 2011 CoverGirl Classic, Chicago, Ill. (Junior Division): 3rd bars (tie)
  • 2010 Visa Championships (US nationals), Hartford, Conn. (Junior Division): 5th vault; 5th bars (tie)

Other Top American Gymnasts:
Jordyn Wieber
McKayla Maroney
Kyla Ross
Gabby Douglas
Sarah Finnegan

More Gymnastics:
2012 Olympic Gymnastics Highlights
Amazing Action Shots
A Gymnastics Dictionary

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