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Lauren Stoddard Farley was born on July 1, 1999 in Dallas, Texas, and she is the second child to Lane and Liz Farley. Lauren comes from a gymnastics family where both of her parents were competitive gymnasts growing up. Lauren's older sister, Ashley is a high school gymnast for Highland Park High School. Ashley was Lauren's teammate up through their level 8 season! They trained and competed side by side until 2010. Lauren's younger brother, Cole loves to play football and is an avid fan. He introduced the whole family to football. Both Lauren and Cole love following and watching college and NFL football while keeping up with stats, games, records, etc.

Currently, Lauren is a senior at Spring Creek Academy in Plano, Texas, graduating in the spring of 2017. During Lauren's spare time, she enjoys playing the piano, hanging out with friends, waterskiing, Bible study and playing Wii.

At the age of two, Lauren started taking "Mommy and Me" classes at ASI Gymnastics. A few years later, she began training at WOGA Dallas under coach Marina Tatarchina and her gymnastics career has taken off ever since.

In the fall of 2006, Lauren started competing as a level 5 gymnast and competed at the District Championships. She continued competing level 5 in 2007. She finished fourth all-around at the Rising Stars Invitational. At the District Championships, she finished third on floor exercise. Lauren moved up to level 6 in 2008 and finished third on balance beam at the State Championships. She competed one level 7 meet in 2009, finishing third on balance beam at the WOGA Classic. In May 2009, age 9, Lauren was in a full-page picture in D Magazine with four teammates as featured as possible future Olympic medalists one day (Click here to see the picture)

At age 10, Lauren competed as a level 8 gymnast in 2010. She placed fourth in the all-around and third on floor exercise at the WOGA Classic. At the Pikes Peak Cup in Colorado, she finished second in the all-around, first on uneven bars scoring a 9.950 and first on balance beam. She then competed at the Houston National Invitational, finishing sixth in the all-around. At the State Championships, she finished eighth in the all-around, first on uneven bars with a 9.925 and third on balance beam. Lauren concluded her season at the Level 8 Regionals where she won the all-around title as well as first on uneven bars with a 9.975 and second on floor exercise.

Lauren only competed in one level 9 meet in 2011 at the IGI Chicago Style, finishing fourth on uneven bars. She missed the rest of the season due to injury. She came back as a level 10 gymnast in 2012. She placed second on balance beam and floor exercise at the Fiesta Bowl Invitational. At the WOGA Classic, she earned a silver medal on balance beam. She had a great meet at the Texas Prime Meet, finishing fourth in the all-around with a 37.900 and first on balance beam. She was on Team Boguinskaia at the Legendz Classic on the next day, where she helped the team to place first. On the first day of the Houston National Invitational, Lauren helped the WOGA team place first, winning $5,000 for the gym. On the next day, she placed fourth in the all-around and first on balance beam in her age group. At the State Championships, Lauren placed fourth in the all-around and first on balance beam. Lauren broke her thumb the day after State, and she was in a cast until four days before Regionals. After only four days back in the gym without the cast, she placed eighth in the all-around and first on balance beam at the Regionals. She narrowly missed qualifying to the JO Nationals and was named first alternate.

In 2013, Lauren started the season at the Texas Prime Meet in level 10, finishing first on uneven bars, balance beam and in the all-around with a 37.450. Lauren passed compulsories and optionals at the WOGA National Elite Qualifier, qualifying to junior international elite. At the Houston National Invitational, Lauren competed against several Olympians, such as Venezuela's Jessica Lopez and Uzbekistan's Oksana Chusovitina. She finished eighth in the all-around and won a bronze medal on balance beam. Lauren competed in her final level 10 meet at the Malibu Coast Challenge in California where she finished third in the all-around with a 37.425 and second on uneven bars. In July, Lauren qualified to the P&G Championships after finishing tenth in the all-around and third on uneven bars at the American Classic. A few weeks later, she traveled to Chicago, IL for the Secret US Classic and finished ninth on uneven bars. Lauren concluded her season at the P&G Championships in Hartford, CT where she placed 12th on uneven bars and 27th in the all-around.

Lauren made a decision to drop back to level 10 for the 2015 season. She earned a silver medal on balance beam at the Texas Prime Meet. At the Pikes Peak Cup, she placed first in the all-around and second on balance beam. Lauren finished second in the all-around and first on floor exercise at the WOGA Classic. At the AOGC Invitational, she placed first on balance beam, floor exercise and in the all-around. Lauren had a great meet at the State Championships where she finished first in the all-around with a 38.300 and first on uneven bars. At the Region 3 Championships, she placed second in the all-around with a 38.475, first on balance beam and second on uneven bars. She qualified to the Junior Olympic Nationals in Des Moines, IA where she placed second in the all-around with a 38.125, first on uneven bars and second on balance beam. She made the Junior Olympic National Team.

In 2016, Lauren finished second in the all-around with a 38.950, first on uneven bars and balance beam and second on floor exercise at the State Championships. At the Region 3 Championships, she finished third on vault and eighth on floor exercise.

Currently, Lauren is preparing for the upcoming 2017 season as a level 10 gymnast. She trains 36 hours per week at World Olympic Gymnastics Academy (WOGA) in Plano, Texas under coaches Natalya Marakova, Megan Haught and Egor Grebenkova. Lauren verbally committed to the University of Michigan for the 2017-2018 school year.