York County gymnast Addison Fatta finishes 11th at U.S. Gymnastics Olympic Team Trials
Addison Fatta held her own competing at her first Olympic-level event.
The York County gymnast took 11th at the U.S. Gymnastics Olympic Team Trials on Sunday night, finishing ahead of some talented athletes. Fatta posted a 106.698 all-around score during the meet.
The 16-year-old came in ahead of Zoe Miller and Amari Drayton, who train at the World Champions Centre gym in Texas with Olympians Simon Biles and Jordan Chiles.
During the second session of team trials on Sunday, Fatta recorded scores of 14.566 on vault, 13.400 on uneven bars, 12.733 on balance beam and 12.600 on floor routine.
On Friday, Fatta scored a 14.366 on vault, 13.233 on uneven bars, 13.000 on floor routine and 12.800 on the balance beam. After the first round on Friday, Fatta was also tied for 11th at the event held in St. Louis, Missouri.
To earn her spot at team trials, Fatta finished No. 16 at the 2021 U.S. Gymnastics Championships earlier this month with an 106.650 all-around score, which also earned her a spot on the 2021 Senior Elite National Team.
Born in Lancaster, Fatta's family now lives in Wrightsville. She has been a member of the Prestige Gymnastics Club in Lancaster County all her life. Her parents and coaches, Tony and Jen, own the facility. Fatta attends Commonwealth Charter Academy, a cyber charter school which has its headquarters in Harrisburg.
Biles led all gymnasts at the team trials with a 118.098 all-around score, followed by Suni Lee at 115.832. Those two automatically made the Tokyo Olympic roster, while Chiles and Grace McCallum were chosen by the selection committee. Jade Carey and MyKayla Skinner will also head to Tokyo as individuals.
Smith 21st in javelin trials: While Fatta was competing in Missouri, another local athlete was also in action.
New Oxford High School graduate Madi Smith finished No. 21 in the women's javelin throw at U.S. Olympic Track & Field Team Trials.
Smith failed to qualify for the final round. Only the top 12 athletes advanced. Her best throw was a 45.93 meters.
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