|Name Sophia Grace Atienza
|Birthday July 2, 1999 |
|Hometown Copley, Ohio |
|Parents Cristina and Allan Atienza |
|School Walsh Jesuit High School |
|Grade 12th (2016-2017), Class of 2017|
Sophia is a senior at Walsh Jesuit High School and she will graduate from high school in 2017. She is taking predominately honors and AP courses and her current cumulative GPA is a 3.922. Sophia is in her third year as a volunteer at Victory Gallop, a nonprofit organization that provides therapeutic and recreational horseback riding for children with behavioral and/or emotional challenges and life-threatening illnesses.
Sophia loved being upside down, so her parents decided to enroll her into gymnastics for fun. She has been training at Pinnacle Gymnastics with coach Amy Alexander since she was five years old! She started competing level 4 in 2007. In 2008, she placed first in the all-around at the Level 4 State Championships. Sophia finished second in the all-around and first on floor exercise at the 2009 Level 5 State Championships. As a level 6 gymnast in 2010, she finished fourth in the all-around and second on uneven bars at the State Championships.
In 2011, Sophia moved up to level 7. She earned gold medals on vault and floor exercise at the Cartwheels and Pinwheels Meet. She placed first in the all-around at the Stars & Stripes Invitational and Rock 'n Roll Invitational. At the IGI Chicago Style, Sophia placed fourth on vault, uneven bars and in the all-around. She concluded her level 7 season at the Arnold Gymnastics Challenge, finishing first on uneven bars and in the all-around.
As a level 8 gymnast in 2012, Sophia finished second on vault at the Stars & Stripes Invitational. At the Rock 'n Roll Classic, she grabbed gold medals on balance beam, floor exercise and in the all-around. She did really well at the IGI Chicago Style where she finished third in the all-around with a 37.300 and third on vault, balance beam and floor exercise. Sophia had a great meet at the State Championships where she grabbed gold medals on vault, balance beam and in the all-around. She also placed second on uneven bars and fourth on floor exercise. Sophia was named to the Ohio State Team. At the Region 5 Championships, Sophia finished sixth in the all-around and eighth on balance beam.
Sophia moved up to level 9 for the 2013 season. She finished second in the all-around and first on balance beam at the Stars & Stripes Invitational. At the IGI Chicago Style, she brought home a silver medal on floor exercise. Sophia finished fifth in the all-around at the State Championships and qualified to the Region 5 Championships. She continued competing level 9 for the 2014 season. She placed second on vault at the Stars & Stripes Invitational. She won the all-around title at the Athlete Warrior Challenge, Excalibur Cup and Milky Way Invitational. At the State Championships, Sophia finished fifth in the all-around, first on vault and second on floor exercise. She did really well at the Region 5 Championships where she placed fourth in the all-around and third on floor exercise. She qualified to the Level 9 Eastern Nationals in Bradenton, FL where she placed eighth in the all-around and second on floor exercise.
As a first-year level 10 gymnast in 2015, Sophia finished third on floor exercise and fourth on balance beam at the Universal Galaxy Invitational. At the Star & Stripes Invitational, she placed fourth in the all-around and third on vault, uneven bars and balance beam. She placed fourth on vault at the Pink Invitational and third on vault at the Arnold Gymnastics Challenge. Sophia won the vault title with a 9.475 at the State Championships and qualified to the Region 5 Championships.
In 2016, Sophia finished in the top ten in the all-around, second on vault and fifth on floor exercise at the State Championships. At the Region 5 Championships, she placed sixth on floor exercise and seventh on balance beam.
Currently, Sophia is preparing for the upcoming 2017 season as a level 10 gymnast. She trains 20 hours per week at Pinnacle Gymnastics in Ohio under coaches Amy Alexander and Jordan Flick. She is working hard to qualify to the Junior Olympic Nationals as well as to compete for a college gymnastics team.
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