|| September 30, 2003|
||Teaneck, New Jersey||Parents
||Stephen and Chavie Knapp
||Eli, Rami, Sophie and Dalya
||Reading, writing, art and soccer
|| The Frisch School
||Class of 2021
Amalya's mom signed her up for a gymnastics class at US Gymnastics Development Center when she was three years old. She took classes for a year before she came home with a letter inviting her to join the pre-team stars program. Amalya's coaches for levels 4 and 5 were Zulieta Smoljan, Sinisa Smoljan and Ana Nunes. Following her level 5 season, Amalya switched to Aeon Fitness and Gymnastics in Hillsdale, NJ.
Amalya qualified to the Level 8 State Championships in 2014 and 2015. She moved up to level 9 for the 2016 season where she placed at eighth on balance beam with a 9.300 at the State Championships. At the Region 7 Championships, Amalya placed sixth on balance beam. In 2017, Amalya finished fifth in the all-around with a 37.050 and second on uneven bars scoring a 9.525 at the Region 7 Championships. She qualified to the Level 9 Eastern Nationals in Lansing, MI.
In 2018, Amalya moved to Galaxy Gymnastics in New York. She placed sixth on uneven bars at the Level 9 State Championships. She qualified to the Region 6 Championships, finishing fifth on uneven bars.
Amalya trains 25 hours per week at Galaxy Gymnastics in New York under coaches Jamie Winkler, Sergei Petrouniak, Galina Petrouniak and Alexander Miretsky. Her long-term goal is to compete for a college gymnastics team.