Caroline Ellen Simmons was born on May 4, 2001 in North Texas, where she lives with her mom, her twin brother, Evan, older sister, Hope, and pets, including her beloved Chihuabichon dog, who she believes slightly resembles a small, unruly goat. Caroline is a junior at Spring Creek Academy and will graduate in 2019.
Caroline serves on the Youth Council of FUMC Denton, where she sings in the Credo choir and is active in the UMYF. Her favorite thing about UMYF is the fantastic community service opportunities it provides. When she isn’t in the gym or at FUMC Denton, she enjoys being entrepreneurial. In the Fall of 2014, she started a seasonal Etsy business that featured her handmade gingerbread ornaments. Learning to create a business plan, manage a budget and promote her product was a valuable experience for her. In its first season, her business was so successful that she was able to pay her own travel expenses for the 2015 season.
At age seven, Caroline joined her sister in taking beginning figure skating lessons. Hope fell in love with skating and soon became more serious. Evan was playing hockey and, the more the other two kids skated, the more time Caroline spent just hanging around the rink, waiting. There was a gym near the rink, so her mom suggested a weekly gymnastics class to overcome the boredom. After a couple of lessons, she asked to hang up her skates and bump up her gym time from 45 minutes a week to 90 minutes.
It was not until she was nearly nine years old that she and her mom thought of trying team gymnastics. Caroline joined a local level 4 team and had a great time. At the end of her first season, she joined the team at Denton Gymnastics Academy in Denton, TX, where she trained with Rodica and Aurel Lazar for levels 5-8.
As a level 5 gymnast in 2011, Caroline placed fourth in the all-around with a 37.600 and fourth on uneven bars and balance beam at the State Championships. In 2012, she finished second in the all-around with a 37.725, first on balance beam and floor exercise and second on vault at the Level 6 State Championships.
Caroline moved up to level 7 for the 2013 season. She had a great meet at the State Championships where she earned gold medals on vault (9.750), balance beam (9.675), floor exercise (9.900) and in the all-around with a 38.975 as well as a silver medal on uneven bars with a 9.650. In 2014, Caroline had a solid performance at the Level 8 State Championships and qualified to the Region 3 Championships where she placed first on vault and balance beam scoring a 9.625 and 9.750 respectively. In the summer of 2014, Caroline moved to World Olympic Gymnastics Academy (WOGA) in Plano, TX.
In 2015, Caroline moved up to level 9 where she finished second in the all-around with a 37.550 and first on balance beam scoring a 9.725 at the State Championships. She placed sixth in the all-around, first on balance beam and second on vault at the Region 3 Championships. This qualified Caroline to the Level 9 Western Nationals in Spokane, WA where she placed second on vault and tenth on floor exercise.
As a first-year level 10 gymnast in 2016, Caroline finished fourth on balance beam with a 9.350 and eighth on vault scoring a 9.475 at the State Championships. At the Region 3 Championships, she won the balance beam title with a 9.500 and placed eighth on vault scoring a 9.350. In 2017, Caroline finished fourth on balance beam and seventh on vault at the State Championships. She qualified to the Region 3 Championships as a specialist where she placed fifth on balance beam and seventh on vault.
Currently, Caroline is preparing for the 2018 season as a level 10 gymnast. She trains 35 hours per week at World Olympic Gymnastics Academy (WOGA) in Plano, TX under coaches Megan Haught and Nataliya Marakova. Caroline aspires to continue competing and growing as a gymnast through college.