What does it take to be an Elite Gymnast? Gymnast Ragan smith wins USA Cup

Gymnast Ragan Smith

There are thousands of little girls and boys in this world who watched the Olympics in Rio this summer and thought, “I'm gonna go to the Olympics too!” Little do they no, you don't just sign up for the Olympics.

2016 Womans USA Gymnastics team with Alternates(Backups)

This summer, over 20 gymnasts competed for a spot on the 2016 USA Women's Gymnastics team. Only five of them were able to make it to the team. There were three backup spots for the team, which means that if one of the five team members gets hurt, one of the three backups will get to compete in the Olympic games. Ragan Smith was only a few points away from getting that last spot on the team, and with Madison Kocian amazing bar routine, Madison automatically got the spot.

Ragan Smith performing her floor exercise

Ragan is a tiny 4” 6” fierce, amazing, and extremely powerful gymnast. In the recent American Cup, Ragan Smith won highest all around. She had a tiny fall on beam, which deducted a point or so, and still managed to win over all. Now this is the main question. What does it take to be an elite gymnast?

Smith getting ready for her dismount

Ragan is a tiny 4” 6” fierce, amazing, and extremely powerful gymnast. In the recent American Cup, Ragan Smith won highest all around. She had a tiny fall on beam, which deducted a point or so, and still managed to win highest over all. Being an Elite gymnast takes passion, power, strength, time, courage and determination.

"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall."

According to US NEWS, "The win allowed her to join an exclusive group of American women who have won the invitation-only meet, including Biles, 2012 Olympic champion Gabby Douglas and 1991 world champion Kim Zmeskal Burdette, who also happens to be Smith's coach."

Smith mentally preparing during warm-ups

According to USA News, "It can be argued that the women's competition at the 2017 American Cup is lacking in terms of star power with the absence of Simone Biles, Gabrielle Douglas, Aly Raisman and others, but a new star could potentially be born in the form of Smith."

Fun Fact! Ragans two favorite events are Balance Beam and Floor

Now, the REAL question is...Will Ragan go to the 2020 Olympics?

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