McKinney resident Kyana George finished second at the WOGA Classic in Frisco on Saturday, Feb. 16 and has advanced the Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup in Worcester, Mass., on Friday, March 1.
George’s all-around total was 38.550, just behind Brianna Brown of Cincinnati. She placed first on uneven bars with a 9.725 and fourth on vault, balance beam and floor exercise scoring a 9.600, 9.600 and 9.625, respectively.
Kyana, 14, was born in Arlington and has lived in McKinney since 2001. She began taking gymnastics classes at 22 months old and started her competitive gymnastics career in 2005 at Zenith Elite Gymnastics Academy in McKinney. With Zenith, she competed as a level 4 gymnast in 2005 and by 2009 moved up to Level 8. She is currently in her second year level 10, training elite for30 hours a week out of Metroplex Gymnastics in Allen under the direction of Marnie Futch and Gina Logan.
In 2009 Kyana moved to Metroplex and met Jaycie Phelps and Dave Marus. Phelps’ name might sound familiar; she was a member of the 1996 U.S. Women’s Gymnastics team that won the gold medal at the Summer Olympics in Atlanta.
"In her early years of gymnastics, Kyana struggled with confidence, fears and mental blocks,” said Marisol George, Kyana’s mother. “Within the past couple of years, she came to realize that only she can control her own destiny.”
After weeks of training under Phelps and Marus her love for the sport came back. And when the two coaches announced they were leaving in the summer of 2010 to move back to Phelps’ hometown and start their own gym, Kyana was more prepared for the change. Phelps assured her that the new coaches were among the best in the area, and the results have proven that.
“With the help of outstanding coaches, she overcame those obstacles,” Marisol said. “We are very proud and very happy to see her overcome challenges, and turn them into achievements."
Already in 2013, Kyana has won the Tiger Classic in Austin, finished third at the Dynamo Classic in Oklahoma City and fourth at the Metroplex Challenge in Fort Worth.
Starting Friday, she will be competing in her biggest meet of the year.
"I am confident. I am strong. I am a gymnast that loves the sport, my teammates and my coaches,” Kyana said. “I look forward to seeing what the future holds for me."
Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup will be broadcast live on the Universal Sports Channel and online at universalsports.com. Friday's coverage starts at 6 p.m. (CT).
To read more about Kyana George and follow her progress, visit her official website at gym-style.com.