Feizhen Evans was born on May 8, 2001 in Wenzhou, China. She was adopted
in September 2003 and moved to the United States that same month. Grace
is the second youngest of six children to Dave and Tina Evans and she
has three older brothers, one older sister and a younger sister. James
is attending North Georgia University in the ROTC program. William and
Thomas, identical twins, graduated from Georgia Institute of Technology where both have careers in bio-medical/mechanical engineering. Sarah is a dancer and the youngest is Analiese, who was also adopted
from China and is a cheerleader.
Grace had been taking dance classes at a local dance
studio when she decided to enroll in one of their tumbling classes. The
tumbling instructors, who were former competitive gymnasts, became very
excited after teaching Grace for a few weeks. They excitedly called
Grace's mom into the studio to watch! Not knowing anything about
gymnastics, she did not see what they saw but took their advice to get
Grace to a gym for an evaluation. After two recreational classes at the
gym, Grace was invited to move into the developmental track and to join
the TOPs team in 2008 at the age of seven.
After only one year of training, she started
competing as a level 4 gymnast in the fall of 2009. She placed first in
the all-around in six out of seven competitions, including the State
Championships. At that meet, she also earned gold medals on uneven bars,
balance beam and floor exercise. Also in 2009, her first year eligible,
she qualified to TOPs "B" National Camp at the US Training Center. She
quickly moved up to level 6 for the 2010 season after only one meet in
level 5. She concluded the 2010 season at the State Championships,
finishing first on vault, uneven bars and in the all-around as well as
second on balance beam and floor exercise. In the fall, she made the
TOPs "A" National Team.
started competing as a level 7 gymnast in 2011. She
earned gold medals on uneven bars and in the all-around and silver
medals on balance beam and floor exercise at the State Championships. Grace qualified to the Region 8 Championships where she placed second in the all-around, second on uneven bars and first on balance beam.
In 2012, Grace started the season as a level 8
gymnast and easily scored out at a qualifier. She moved up to level 9
for the rest of the season. She placed fourth in the all-around at the State Championships. At the Region 8 Championships, Grace placed fourth on
vault and seventh on balance beam. Grace received invitations to the Developmental Camp in 2013 but had to discontinue due to an injury. Grace continued competing level 9 in 2014 where she finished eighth in the all-around and fourth on balance beam and floor exercise at the State Championships. At the Region 8 Championships, Grace placed first on balance beam, seventh on floor exercise and eighth on vault.
As a first-year level 10 gymnast in 2015, Grace finished fifth in the all-around and second on uneven bars and qualified to the Region 8 Championships. In 2016, Grace finished fourth in the all-around and first on uneven bars at the State Championships. At the Region 8 Championships, she placed fifth in the all-around with a 37.325, third on uneven bars and sixth on floor exercise. Grace qualified to the Junior Olympic Nationals in Ft. Worth, TX where she placed 16th on floor exercise out of 57 gymnasts.
In 2017, Grace finished second In the all-around with a 37.700 and first on uneven bars at the State Championships. At the Region 8 Championships, she placed sixth in the all-around with a 37.375 and second on uneven bars. Grace qualified to the Junior Olympic Nationals in Indianapolis, IN where she won the uneven bars title with a 9.675.
Currently, she is preparing for the upcoming 2018 season as a level 10 gymnast. She trains 30 hours per week at Gymnastics Academy of Atlanta under coaches Jacobo Giron and Elena Pankratova. Her long-term goal is to obtain a Division I college gymnastics scholarship.