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Emilie Lise Helene LeBlanc was born on May 11, 1999 in Columbia, South Carolina to Chantal and Stephane LeBlanc. She has two older brothers, Gabriel and Dominic and one younger sister, Vivianne. Currently, Emilie is a senior at Southern Wake Academy, graduating in 2017. She is considering future studies in pre-med/sports med. During Emilie's spare time, she enjoys swimming, doing tricks on trampoline and wave boarding.
At the age of three, Emilie started taking recreational classes at All-Star in Columbia, South Carolina and loved it. She is passionate about gymnastics and she had to choose between soccer and gym. She enjoys new challenges and looks to the future with determination. She is well known for keeping things light and staying cool under pressure.
The LeBlanc family was living in France from 2008 to 2011. Therefore, Emilie and her three siblings are fluent in French. While in France, Emilie trained at the Meaux Regional Center where she was coached by Delphine Regease, Patric Adreani, Sonia Espire, Fabrice Huriot and Philippe Ernendes. Her coaches were a great source of inspiration, especially Delphine Regease who was part of the French Artistic Gymnastic team at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
In 2009, Emilie placed second overall with a 65.450 at the Departmental Championships. She won the all-around title at the Regional Championships and Individual Zone Championships scoring a 60.032 and 61.550 respectively. Emilie was ranked 11th in France at the Nationals. In 2010, Emilie placed first overall at Departmental, Regionals and Zone Championships. At the Avenir Nationals, she finished 12th overall with a 64.150. Emilie was pre-qualified in 2011 and ranked 15th in France with a 71.850 at the Nationals.
Since Emilie and her family returned to the United States in 2011, Emilie has been training at Sonshine Gymnastics in Holly Springs, North Carolina. She had a successful year as a level 8 gymnast in 2012. She started her season at the Bull City Challenge, finishing third in the all-around and first on vault and uneven bars. At the Tiger Paw Classic, she placed second in the all-around and first on uneven bars. Emilie finished second in the all-around and first on vault and uneven bars at the Jim Gault Invitational. She did really well at the Gasparilla Classic and Courtney Kupets Pink Invitational, finishing first in the all-around at both meets. At the Level 8 State Championships. Emilie finished first on vault, uneven bars, floor exercise and in the all-around with a 38.025. She concluded her level 8 season at the Region 8 Championships with a second place finish in the all-around with a 38.550. She also earned silver medal on vault, gold medal on uneven bars and bronze medal on floor exercise.
In 2013, Emilie placed second in the all-around and first on vault and uneven bars at the National Gymnastics Challenge. At the State Championships, she finished fourth in the all-around and second on uneven bars. She did really well at the Level 9 Regionals, finishing third in the all-around and first on balance beam. She qualified to the Level 9 Eastern Nationals where she placed seventh on uneven bars, balance beam and in the all-around. In the summer, Emilie attended Junior Olympic Training Camp in Alabama.
Emilie was unable to compete at the beginning of the 2014 season due to an injury. She came back at the Level 9 State Championships where she finished first on floor exercise and in the all-around. At the Region 8 Championships, she placed second in the all-around and first on floor exercise. She qualified to the Level 9 Eastern Nationals in Florida, finishing first on uneven bars, balance beam and in the all-around with a 37.625.
In 2015, Emilie finished second in the all-around and first on uneven bars at the Atlantis Crown Invitational. At the Parkettes Invitational, she placed first on uneven bars and in the all-around. Emilie grabbed gold medals on uneven bars, balance beam and in the all-around at the Excalibur Cup. At the Everest Classic, she placed fourth in the all-around and third on uneven bars. She had a great meet at the Tim Rand Invitational where she placed first in the all-around with a 37.600 and first on uneven bars. At the State Championships, Emilie placed fifth in the all-around and fourth on uneven bars. She concluded her season at the Region 8 Championships with a fifth place finish on uneven bars.
Emilie finished second in the all-around with a 37.550, first on vault and floor exercise and second on uneven bars at the State Championships. At the Region 8 Championships, she placed first in the all-around with a 38.100 and first on uneven bars and floor exercise. She qualified to the Junior Olympic Nationals in Ft. Worth, TX where she placed fifth in the all-around with a 37.850 and fourth on uneven bars.
Currently, Emilie is preparing for the upcoming 2017 season as a level 10 gymnast. She trains about 20 hours per week at Sonshine Gymnastics in North Carolina under coaches Heidi and Milan Stanovich. Her long-term goal is to earn a scholarship to a Division 1 school.
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