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Bailie Jaye Key was born on March 16, 1999 in Augusta, Georgia to James and Dannette Key. She has one sister, Rylie and three dogs, Godiva, Lyla and Liebherr. Almost every week, Bailie travels from her hometown of Montgomery, Texas to Coppell, Texas to train at Texas Dreams Gymnastics. Due to her busy schedule, Bailie is a homeschooled tenth grader at Elite Learning Academy.
Bailie's parents were tired of seeing her bottom more than her face, so they found a place where three-year-old Bailie could stand on her head. It was a matter of safety. Bailie climbed and bounced on anything that would stand still long enough for her to try a trick. She loved it and wanted to do all the things the big girls were doing. At the beginning of her gymnastics career, she trained at Woodlands Gymnastics Academy (WGA Texans) in Spring, Texas until the summer of 2010.
As a level 6 gymnast in the fall of 2007, she finished fifth in the all-around, third on vault and second on uneven bars at the State Championships in the gold division. She quickly advanced to level 7, sweeping the gold medals at the South Padre Extravaganza. At the South State Championships, Bailie won gold medals on balance beam, floor exercise and in the all-around. She then placed first on vault and in the all-around at the Level 7 State Championships.
Bailie began the 2009 season as a level 8 gymnast. She won the all-around title at the Statewide Qualifier. At the Texas Prime Meet, she finished first on vault, balance beam, floor exercise and in the all-around with a 39.100. She won gold medals on vault, uneven bars, floor exercise and in the all-around at the Hard Rock Invitational. Two weeks later, Bailie moved up to level 9 at the Palm Beach Invitational, finishing first on balance beam, floor exercise and in the all-around. At the same meet, she obtained her hopes compulsory score. At the Level 9 State Championships, she finished fifth in the all-around as well as first on balance beam and floor exercise scoring a 9.850 and 9.925 respectively. She won gold medals on balance beam and in the all-around and silver medals on vault and floor exercise at the Level 9 Regionals. This qualified Bailie to the Level 9 Western Nationals where she finished second in the all-around and first on balance beam and floor exercise. She qualified to hopes pre-elite and competed at the US Challenge in Des Moines, IA where she won the all-around title.
In 2010, Bailie started her level 10 season at the Sand Dollar Invitational, winning the vault, balance beam, floor exercise and all-around titles. She also earned her junior international elite compulsory score. One week later, Bailie qualified to junior international elite at the Metroplex Challenge. As a level 10 gymnast at the WOGA Classic, she finished third in the all-around and first on balance beam. At the Buckeye Elite National Qualifier, she placed fourth in the all-around and first on balance beam, qualifying to the VISA Championships. Unfortunately, an injury prevented her from competing at the VISA Championships in August.
Bailie came back strong in 2011 and started her season at the Disney National Elite Qualifier in March, finishing third in the all-around and second on floor exercise. Her AA score of 53.650 easily re-qualified Bailie to junior international elite. In July, she qualified to the VISA Championships after finishing fifth in the all-around and first on floor exercise at the American Classic. A few weeks later, Bailie traveled to Chicago, IL for the US Covergirl Classic and placed seventh in the all-around and sixth on floor exercise out of 36 gymnasts. Bailie then competed at the Junior VISA Championships in St. Paul, MN in August and she was youngest competitor! She placed ninth in the all-around, eighth on balance beam and seventh on floor exercise. She, along the top 13 juniors, made the Junior US National Team.
In 2012, Bailie started the season at the Texas Prime Meet on uneven bars finishing eighth. In March, Bailie was selected to represent the USA team at the City of Jesolo Trophy in Italy. She helped the USA team to win the team gold medal ahead of Italy and Russia. Individually, Bailie finished third in the all-around and second on vault and floor exercise. At the end of May, Bailie traveled to Chicago, IL for the Secret US Classic where she finished fifth in the all-around and fourth on vault. A few weeks later, she placed fourth in the all-around and third on vault, balance beam and floor exercise at the VISA Championships in St. Louis, MO. Bailie made the Junior US National Team for the second time.
Ever since Bailie made the US National Team, she has been really busy, training 36 hours every week at Texas Dreams Gymnastics and attending the US National Training Camp at the Training Center in Huntsville, Texas almost every month! She dreams of traveling the world as an elite gymnast and representing the United States Team at the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil.