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Elite gymnasts

Angie Frederickson
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Caitlin Smith, Olivia Hollingsworth, Gabby Ladanyi

Caitlin Smith, Olivia Hollingsworth and Gabby Ladanyi

Gymnasts Caitlin Smith, Olivia Hollingsworth and Gabby Ladanyi (pictured, from left) earned high honors at the U.S. Classic. The event is an elite-level competition and qualifier for the U.S. Championships. Caitlin and Gabby competed in the Hopes division and had impressive finishes, including 8th all-around for Caitlin and 13th all-around for Gabby. Olivia qualified for the P&G Championships in Anaheim, California. In order to keep up with their demanding 36-hour-per-week training, the girls attend Texas Connections Academy home school so they can have a more flexible schedule. Their next competition season begins in January, when Caitlin and Gabby will advance to the Junior Division, and Olivia will compete in the Senior Division, which is the age group that qualifies to compete at the World Championships and the Olympic games.

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