First year U.S. seniors Alexandra Raisman, Amanda Jetter and Morgan Smith have been named to the team that will compete at the talent-packed Trofeo Citta di Jesolo in Jesolo, Italy next Saturday, USA Gymnastics announced today.
Cincinnati Gymnastics Academy’s Cassie Whitcomb and Florida signees Kytra Hunter and Mackenzie Caquatto round out the U.S. senior team.
This meet is not lacking for current and future stars. Russia in particular has entered a top crop of juniors, including newly crowned Russian champion Viktoria Komova. Other Russian juniors slated to compete are Anastasia Grishina, Anastasia Sidorova, Violetta Malikova, Anastasia Kaparova and Yulia Belokobilskaya.
2008 Junior European champion Tatiana Nabieva will compete as a senior, along with 2009 European champion Ksenia Semyonova and 2009 World team members Ekaterina Kurbatova and Anna Myzdrikova. Anna Dementieva and Tatiana Solovyeva will also compete in the senior division.
The host country is also sending top teams to Jesolo. 2006 World champion Vanessa Ferrari will perform in her first international competition since undergoing foot surgery last summer, joined by Elisabetta Preziosa, Emily Armi, Serena Licchetta and Paola Galente on the senior team. Italian juniors set to compete include Carlotta Ferlito, Francesca Agostini and Erika Fasana.
Great Britain is sending 2009 World team member Rebecca Wing as its lone senior, while English champion Danusia Francis, Nicole Hibbert and Jocelyn Hunt lead Britain’s junior team.
Japan has opted not to enter any seniors, but its exciting junior squad features Mai Murakami and Natsumi Sasada.
Two very promising U.S. juniors — U.S. Junior Champion Kyla Ross and rising star Sabrina Vega — have been entered in the junior competition.
The U.S. teams are a mix of now-seasoned veterans and promising newcomers. Raisman, who made a splash at last month’s American Cup by finishing a very strong second to Rebecca Bross, will have another opportunity to prove she’s World team material.
Smith, who trains at Brandy Johnson’s Global Gymnastics in Florida, finished tied for sixth with Madison Kocian at last year’s U.S. Junior Championships. She is especially strong on vault and floor exercise.
Whitcomb and Jetter won the senior and junior all-around titles, respectively, at December’s Pas-de-Calais tournament in southern France.
Related: 2010 Trofeo Citta di Jesolo competitors list
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