Ashley Nicole Smith was born on January 18, 1999 in Atlanta, GA to Greg and Terri Smith. Her mom, Terri, is a former collegiate gymnast for the University of Georgia. Ashley has two older brothers, Ryan and Hunter. Currently, Ashley is in a senior at Southern Wake Academy.

When Ashley was five years old, she was entered into pre-school gymnastics when her mom wanted to start getting back into coaching. She started her competitive gymnastics career at NorthWind Gymnastics where she trained under coaches Elena Piskun and Inesa Sharouskaya for eight years.

Ashley began competing in 2006 as a level 5 gymnast. She moved up to level 6 in 2007, helping her team win the Georgia State Championships. Individually, she placed third in the all-around. In 2008, Ashley competed as a level 7 gymnast. She finished second in the all-around at the Atlanta Crown Invitational. She won the all-around title at the Gasparilla Classic. At the prestigious National Gymnastics Challenge, she placed first on uneven bars and third in the all-around. Ashley ended her season at the Georgia State Championships, placing first on uneven bars and balance beam as well as second in the all-around

Ashley moved up to level 8 in 2009. She won balance beam and the all-around at the Optional Kickoff. She won uneven bars, balance beam, floor exercise and the all-around at the National Gymnastics Challenge. At the Georgia State Championships, she finished second on uneven bars and qualified to the Level 8 Regionals. At the Level 8 Regionals, she placed fourth in the all-around as well as second balance beam and floor exercise.

In 2010, Ashley began her level 9 season at the Atlanta Crown Invitational where she won the uneven bars and balance beam titles. At the Presidential Classic, she placed first on vault, uneven bars and in the all-around. Ashley then finished first in the all-around as well as first on vault and balance beam at the Georgia State Championships. At the Level 9 Regionals, she placed second in the all-around and first on balance beam. Ashley ended her 2010 season at the Level 9 Eastern Nationals with a strong seventh place finish.

Ashley began competing level 10 in 2011. She won her first meet at the Flip Fest Invitational. She finished second in the all-around at the Metroplex Challenge. Ashley won vault and the all-around at the Tiger Paw Classic. She placed first on vault and floor exercise at the National Gymnastics Challenge. At the State Championships, Ashley won vault, balance beam and the all-around. In April, Ashley finished fifth in the all-around and fourth on uneven bars. There, she qualified to the JO Nationals in Long Beach, California. She concluded her level 10 season at the JO Nationals where she placed 18th in the all-around and sixth on uneven bars out of 57 gymnasts.

Ashley had a surgery on her elbow in November 2011 and was released to train at the end of January. After only a few months of training, Ashley competed at the National Gymnastics Challenge, finishing first on balance beam and sixth on floor exercise. At the Level 10 State Championships, she won the uneven bars title. She did really well at the Level 10 Regionals, finishing fourth on floor exercise and in the all-around. A few days later, she traveled to Ohio for the Zone Qualifier where she successfully passed compulsories, a portion of elite testing. Ashley then traveled to Huntsville, Texas for the Elite Qualifier. She narrowly missed qualifying to junior pre-elite. She concluded her 2012 season at the JO Nationals in Hampton, VA, finishing 24th overall out of 58 gymnasts. She helped the Region 8 team to win the Junior A team title. Due to a family job change in August 2012, Ashley's family moved to Raleigh, NC. Ashley started training at Sonshine Gymnastics.

In 2013, Ashley started her season at the NC State Championships where she earned a silver medal on uneven bars. At the Level 10 Regionals, she placed fourth in the all-around, second on uneven bars and fifth on balance beam. She qualified to the JO Nationals in Minneapolis, MN where she finished 16th in the all-around and eighth on uneven bars.

Ashley started her 2014 season at the Ozone Invitational, finishing first on floor exercise and in the all-around. At the Sand Dollar Invitational, she finished fifth in the all-around and third on balance beam. Ashley grabbed gold medals on uneven bars, balance beam and in the all-around with a 37.700 at the USAG Sports Festival. At the Presidential Classic, she placed first on floor exercise and in the all-around with a 37.925. Ashley finished sixth in the all-around and second on floor exercise at the Greensboro Invitational. At the National Gymnastics Challenge, Ashley finished first on floor exercise and second on vault. She finished second in the all-around with a 37.750, first on uneven bars and second on floor exercise at the State Championships. At the Region 8 Championships, Ashley won the all-around title with a 38.375. She also placed first on vault and uneven bars, second on balance beam and third on floor exercise. This qualified Ashley to the Junior Olympic Nationals in Jackson, MS where she finished fifth in the all-around with a 38.050 and first on uneven bars.

In 2015, Ashley finished third in the all-around at the Texas Prime Meet, Excalibur Cup and Tim Rand Invitational. At the Parkettes Invitational, she grabbed gold medals on vault, uneven bars, floor exercise and in the all-around. Ashley placed first on balance beam and in the all-around at the Everest Classic. At the State Championships, she placed fourth in the all-around, first on floor exercise and second on balance beam. Ashley finished 11th in the all-around and sixth on vault at the Region 8 Championships. She qualified to the Junior Olympic NIT in Des Moines, IA where she earned a bronze medal on balance beam.

Ashley won the all-around title with a 38.125 at the 2016 State Championships. She also finished first on uneven bars and floor exercise and second on balance beam. At the Region 8 Championships, she placed third in the all-around with a 37.550 and first on balance beam. She qualified to the Junior Olympic Nationals in Ft. Worth, TX, finishing 22nd overall with a 37.175.

Currently, Ashley is preparing for the upcoming 2017 season as a level 10 gymnast. She trains about 20 hours per week at Sonshine Gymnastics in Holly Springs, North Carolina under coaches Milan and Heidi Stanovich. Her goal is to obtain a college scholarship to a Division 1 school.

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