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Abigail Elizabeth Heiskell was born on January 26, 2000 in Charlotte, North Carolina to John and Marie Heiskell. She is the youngest of three children and she has two older brothers, Thomas and Matthew . She also has two dogs named Wilson and Lennon.

Currently, Abby is a senior at Marvin Ridge High School. She will graduate from high school in 2018. Abby and her family are also members of Providence Presbyterian Church where she actively participates in Sunday school classes and in the youth group program when her schedule permits. In her spare time, Abby enjoys listening to music, baking/cooking and arts/crafts.


At the age of three, Abby was enrolled in a small tap and ballet class at the YMCA. While it was an activity she enjoyed, it was quickly recognized that the pace and intensity of those classes couldn’t match those of a little girl who moved at a very high rate of speed. At the age of 5 and at the suggestion from a neighbor watching Abby flip and jump on her backyard trampoline, she was enrolled in a recreational gymnastics class at Southeastern Gymnastics. She joined the pre-team as a Mighty Mite in early 2006 and joined the competitive team in 2007. She was coached by Ludmilla Shobe and is still being coached by her today.

In 2008, as a level 4 gymnast, Abby concluded her season by earning the all-around title with a 38.925 at the State Championship. As a level 5 in the fall of 2009 and a level 6 in the fall of 2010, she also earned all-around titles at the State Championship. One month after the conclusion of her level 6 season, she moved up to level 7 for the 2011 season. She earned gold in all-around for three meets as well as gold in vault and silver on beam at the State Championship. She concluded the season by placing first on vault and in all-around, second on floor exercise and third on uneven bars and balance beam at the Region 8 Championships.

As a level 8 gymnast in 2012, Abby finished first in all-around, uneven bars and floor exercise at the State Championship. She qualified as a North Carolina level 8 team member where she won gold in all events and in the all-around with a score of 39.225. This earned her one of eight spots to represent Region 8 at the USAG Open Championships where she concluded her season by winning first on vault, uneven bars and all-around and second on balance beam and floor exercise. Her Region 8 team took first place.


Abby moved up to level 9 for the 2013 season. She placed first on uneven bars with a score of 9.800 and also earned an overall score of 38.250 to win the all-around title at the State Championships. At the Region 8 Championships, she placed first on vault, uneven bars, floor exercise and in the all-around. This qualified her to the Level 9 Eastern Nationals where she earned gold on balance beam, floor exercise and in all-around as well as silver on uneven bars. Her performance at the Level 9 Eastern Nationals earned her a spot on the Region 8 All-Star Team.

As a first-year level 10 gymnast in 2014, Abby placed second on vault, third on balance beam and fourth in the all-around at the State Championships. At the Region 8 Championships, she finished eighth in the all-around with a 37.000 and fourth on uneven bars. She qualified to the Junior Olympic Nationals in Jackson, MS and placed 13th on floor exercise out of 56 gymnasts.

In 2015, Abby grabbed gold medals on vault, balance beam, floor exercise and in the all-around with a 38.550 at the Atlanta Crown Invitational. She also got the highest all-around score in junior division and qualified to the Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup in March. In March, Abby traveled to Texas for the Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup where she placed ninth in the all-around and fourth on balance beam in the junior division. Abby earned gold medals on balance beam, floor exercise and in the all-around with a 38.500 and silver medals on vault and uneven bars at the State Championships. At the Region 8 Championships, Abby finished third in the all-around, first on vault and second on uneven bars. She qualified to the Junior Olympic Nationals in Des Moines, IA where she placed 11th in the all-around and fourth on uneven bars.

Abby had a great season in 2016! In January, Abby was tied for the highest all-around score in seniors for the Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup qualifier at Atlanta Crown Invitational, but lost the tiebreaker based on highest individual event score by another gymnast. However, she was able to qualify to Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup after winning the all-around title at the Buckeye Classic in February. Abby traveled to Dallas, TX for the Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup, finishing 14th overall in the senior division. A few weeks later, she competed at the State Championships, finishing first on vault, floor exercise and in the all-around with a 38.625. At the Region 8 Championships, she placed second in the all-around with a 38.200 and first on vault, uneven bars and floor exercise. Abby traveled to Ft. Worth, TX for the Junior Olympic Nationals where she won the all-around title with a 38.575, making the JO National Team! She also placed first on uneven bars, fourth on balance beam, sixth on vault and tenth on floor exercise.

In 2017, Abby qualified to the Nastia LIukin Supergirl for the third time in row where she placed fifth in the all-around with a 38.375 and second on balance beam. Abby placed second in the all-around with a 37.975 and first on vault and uneven bars at the State Championships. At the Region 8 Championships, she finished first in the all-around with a 38.125 and first on vault and balance beam. Abby qualified to the Junior Olympic Nationals in Indianapolis, IN where she placed in the top ten in the all-around with a 37.900. She also placed first on vault and fourth on uneven bars.

Currently, Abby is preparing for the upcoming 2018 season. She trains 23 hours per week at Southeastern Gymnastics in Weddington, NC under coaches Ludmilla Shobe, Galina Meliakina and Sophia Managadze. Abby verbally committed to the University of Michigan for the 2018-2019 school year.


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