A local athlete is the youngest member on the USA senior national team

The USA team is comprised of the best elites in the nation and each athlete is given assignments where they would compete on behalf of the United States

VICTORIA, Texas — Krista McNary from Gymagic in Victoria is the youngest member of the USA senior national team. McNary competes in the senior elite level in trampoline and tumbling. At the national meet in Saint Louis Missouri, McNary finished in 7th place, but that was all she needed to make the team because of how good her scores were through out the year. McNary says this was a dream come true since she began the sport when she was three years old.

“Overall my goal is to just do my best and if I happen to hit the score then yay me,” says McNary. “My mom was telling me I probably should hit the score I was just focused on my routine and doing my best.”

The USA team is comprised of the best elites in the nation and each athlete is given assignments where they would compete on behalf of the United States. McNary’s assignments include Spain, Russia, Bulgaria, and Tokyo. McNary was supposed to compete in New Zealand and Brazil in 2020, but due to the pandemic she was not able to compete.

If McNary continues to compete at this level, in three years she could represent the United States in the Olympics. Owner and head coach at Victoria Gymagic Ashten Linney says McNary is her first athlete to make the senior national team.

“I think it means we are doing something right. Not just how we are treating the sport but how we are helping raise these athletes, says Linney. “She has all the skills that she needs, it’s about working those uncomfortable combinations that we both know she doesn’t like. We know she needs to clean them up and perfect them.

Although the season is technically over, McNary will prepare for the national team camp in New Jersey at the end of August and again at the end of October. She will then leave for Baku in November.