Sydney Ashlyn Johnson-Scharpf was born on August 2, 2000 in Orlando, Florida to Bill Scharpf and Brandy Johnson-Scharpf. Sydney's dad, Bill was a professional water skier and nationally ranked free style water ski jumper. Bill has worked in the movie business for 22 years primarily as a stuntman and stunt coordinator. He has also produced and directed movies. Sydney is the daughter of Olympic gymnast Brandy Johnson.
Brandy Johnson was a member of the US National Team from 1987-1990. She represented the USA team at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, South Korea where she finished tenth in the all-around, the highest all around finisher for the USA. She also competed at the 1989 World Championships, placing seventh overall and second on vault. After Brandy retired from gymnastics, she opened her own gym, Brandy Johnson's Global Gymnastics in Clermont, Florida.
Naturally, Sydney followed her mom's footsteps into gymnastics at the age of three after taking some classes to see how she would like it. Her gymnastics career at Brandy Johnson's Global Gymnastics took off ever since.
Sydney started competing as a level 7 gymnast in 2010. She finished second in the all-around as well as first on vault and floor exercise at the Tampa Bay Turners Invitational. At the Metroplex Challenge in Dallas, Texas, she placed first on balance beam and third in the all-around. She won the all-around title at the Presidential Classic and Gasparilla Classic. At the Level 7 Florida State Championships, Sydney earned gold medals on vault, floor exercise and in the all-around. She concluded her 2010 season at the Region 8 Championships, finishing second in the all-around and first on balance beam.
As a level 8 gymnast in 2011, Sydney started her season by winning gold medals on balance beam, floor exercise and in the all-around at the Tampa Bay Turners Invitational. At the Atlanta Crown Invitational, she finished first on vault, balance beam, floor exercise and in the all-around. In March, Sydney earned gold medals on balance beam, floor exercise and in the all-around at the Level 8 Florida State Championships. At the Region 8 Championships, she finished second in the all-around as well as first on balance beam and floor exercise.
Sydney continued dominating as a level 9 gymnast in 2012. At the Tampa Bay Turners Invitational, Sydney earned gold medals on vault, balance beam, floor exercise and in the all-around. She traveled to Dallas, Texas for the Kurt Thomas Invitational, finishing first on uneven bars, balance beam, floor exercise and in the all-around. Sydney swept gold medals at the Tim Rand Invitational. At the National Gymnastics Challenge in Georgia, she placed first on vault, balance beam, floor exercise and in the all-around. Sydney won a silver medal in the all-around and a gold medal on floor exercise at the Level 9 Florida State Championships. At the Region 8 Championships in Tampa, Florida, she became the Vault, Balance Beam and All-Around Champion. She also earned silver medals on uneven bars and floor exercise, qualifying to the Level 9 Eastern Nationals in Landover, MD. At the Eastern Nationals, she finished first on balance beam and second on vault, floor exercise and in the all-around. Sydney currently holds the highest all-around score for level 9 in the country.
In 2013, Sydney started her level 10 season at the Atlanta Crown Invitational where she placed first on vault, balance beam, floor exercise and in the all-around. At the Ozone Invitational, she grabbed gold medals on vault, balance beam, floor exercise and in the all-around. Sydney had a great meet at the IGI Chicago Style where she placed second on balance beam, floor exercise and in the all-around with a 38.250. At the Presidential Classic, she finished first on balance beam and in the all-around with a 38.125, qualifying to the Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup in Worcester, MA. At the Supergirl Cup, she finished second on balance beam and 23rd overall. A few weeks later, Sydney brought home gold medal son balance beam and floor exercise at the State Championships.
Right after Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup, Sydney decided to focus on elite for the rest of the 2013 season. She qualified to junior international elite at the developmental camp at the US Training Center in June. At the end of July, Sydney qualified to the P&G Championships after finishing 18th in the all-around and eighth on balance beam and floor exercise at the Secret US Classic in Chicago, IL. Sydney placed 27th in the all-around and ninth on floor exercise at the P&G Championships in Hartford, CT.
Sydney started her 2014 season at the American Classic in Huntsville, TX in July. At this meet, her all-around score qualified her to the P&G Championships in Pittsburgh, PA. In August, Sydney traveled to Chicago, IL for the Secret US Classic and a few weeks later, she headed to Pittsburgh, PA for the P&G Championships. At the P&G, Sydney placed 25th in the all-around, 17th on balance beam and 15th on floor exercise. In October 2014, Sydney verbally committed to the University of Florida with a full-ride scholarship.
Currently, Sydney is preparing for the upcoming 2015 season as a junior international elite gymnast. She trains about 32 hours per week at Brandy Johnson's Global Gymnastics under coaches Brandy Johnson-Scharpf, and Kelly Pitzen. She already scored three 9.9's in her short career and placed in the top two in every state and regional meet. Sydney dreams of traveling the world as an elite gymnast and representing the United States.
Outside of the gymnastics world, Sydney is a straight "A" student at Montverde Academy, a college preparatory school in Montverde, FL. She was invited into the Junior National Honor Society (JNHS). During her spare time, she likes to do arts & crafts, go shopping, driving her golf cart and doing science experiments.