This season the Cardinals have started blessing us with videos of their pre-season training. Their new video is about floor exercise, an apparatus with which Stanford struggled last season. This year, however, the gymnasts look polished and ready already!
Sophomore Kaylee Cole, who has a career-high of 9.825 on floor, showed off a very difficult two-and-a-half twist into punch front. Cole competed on beam and floor last season for the Cardinals, and in 2015, before college, she also competed internationally for Bolivia at the Pan American Games.
Lauren Navarro, who is one of the best freshmen in the country and was a 2015 U.S. senior national team member, competed a very polished double pike (with pointed toes!).
Another freshman, Rachel Flam, impressed with a textbook-looking double Arabian (no cowboyed legs!). Flam was also a former elite gymnast, as well as 2015 Level 10 national champion on vault.
Yet another freshman, Kyla Bryant, who is a multiple Level 10 national medallist, showed off a very powerful double layout.
Finally, senior Elizabeth Price seemed back to full form, competing two of her elite-level passes: a huge double layout and a front tuck indirectly connected to a double back tuck. Price needs no introduction. A three-time U.S. senior national team member, 2012 Olympic alternate and American Cup and Pacific Rim all around champion, Price admirably left elite behind her in 2015 in order to join Stanford. She has had an outstanding college career so far. A six-time first-team All-American, she is the 2015 NCAA vault champion, the 2015 Pac-12 Specialist of the Year and the 2016 Pac-12 Gymnast of the Year. She has career-highs of 10.0 on vault, 9.975 on bars and floor, and of 9.900 on beam.
Stanford is beginning its 2018 season on 8 January, at home, against Cal, Sacramento State, San Jose State and UC Davis for the NorCal Classic.
Article by Talitha Ilacqua