At the age of four and half, Mikayla's mom decided to put her into gymnastics because she was doing splits in doorways and climbing up door jams! Mikayla began her gymnastics career at Mihaiuc Gymnastics Academy (MGA) under coaches Costela Mihaiuc and Calin Bufu.
In the fall of 2007, Mikayla began competing as a level six gymnast. She won uneven bars, balance beam, floor exercise and the all-around titles at the Level 6 District Championships. At the Level 6 State Championships, she finished 10th in the all-around. Mikayla moved up to level seven in the spring of 2008. At the Level 7 Statewide Qualifier, she finished second in the all-around and first on balance beam. She then won a bronze medal on balance beam at the IGHOF Classic. She concluded her level 7 season at the State Championships.
Mikayla moved up to level eight for the 2009 season. She placed second overall at the Level 8 Statewide Qualifier. At the Texas Prime Meet, Mikayla won the all-around title as well as first on floor exercise. Mikayla then won all events as well as the all-around title at the Tampa Bay Turners Invitational. She also finished first in the all-around at the Metroplex Challenge and Svetlana Invitational. At the Level 8 State Championships, she placed third in the all-around with a 37.575. There, she qualified to the Level 8 Regional Championships where she finished fourth in the all-around out of 54 competitors!
In June, Mikayla qualified to hopes pre-elite and competed at the US Challenge in Des Moines, Iowa. In the fall, Mikayla made the National TOPs "A" Team. After Mikayla's 2009 season, she began training at Woodlands Gymnastics Academy (WGA) under coaches Debbie Kaitschuck, Deana Parish and Jason Waldon.
In 2010, Mikayla placed eighth overall at the Metroplex Challenge as a level 9. At the WOGA Classic, she finished scond in the all-around and first on uneven bars. Mikayla then traveled to Ohio for the Buckeye Classic Elite Qualifier where she won the all-around title as well as first on uneven bars and balance beam. There, she qualified to junior pre-elite. At the Level 9 State Championships, Mikayla placed fifth in the all-around and second on balance beam. Mikayla concluded her 2010 season at the US Challenge in Chicago, IL. She won gold medals on uneven bars, balance beam, floor exercise and in the all-around.
Mikayla started her 2011 season at the WOGA National Elite Qualifier where she qualified to junior pre-elite after finishing fourth in the all-around and third on vault, uneven bars and balance beam. She placed second on vault and balance beam at the Houston National Invitational. She moved back to MGA Elite to train under coaches Costela Mihaiuc and Owen Dickens. At the Level 10 State Championships, she placed 8th in the all-around and fourth on balance beam. Mikayla qualified to the Junior Olympic NIT after placing 11th in the all-around and fourth on vault at the Level 10 Regionals. At the JO NIT, she won a silver medal on vault! Mikayla concluded her 2011 season at the Disney National Elite Qualifier where she placed fifth in the all-around and first on vault.
Currently, Mikayla trains about 30 hours per week at Endeavor Elite Gymnastics Academy in Pasadena, Texas training under coaches Deana Parish and Tony Pineda. She is preparing for the upcoming 2013 season as an elite gymnast.
Mikayla Lian Magee was born on June 4, 1999 in China. Mikayla comes from a large family of nine! Her family is her parents (Bill and Mary Ann), three brothers (David, Will, and Tyler) and three sisters (Kristen, Nicole and Samantha). Currently, she is a homeschooled seventh grader where she will graduate in the spring of 2018.
Did You Know?
Mikayla was in a McDonald’s commercial with Yao Ming that was aired in China!