Those who’ve had a hankering for gymnastics ever since watching the Fierce Five take gold in London are in luck: the 2013 season kicks off at the American Cup in Worcester, Mass. this weekend.
And while Fierce Fiver Kyla Ross and London alternate Ebee Price were forced out of the event with injuries, the U.S. will be well represented by up-n-comers Katelyn Ohashi and Simone Biles, both competing in their first senior competition.
“I was ready for it,” Ohashi, who trains under 1988 Olympic champ Valeri Liukin, said. “I feel prepared for this meet and I’m excited to be a senior.”
They’ll flip in the footsteps of gold medalists Aly Raisman, Shawn Johnson, Nastia Liukin, Shannon Miller, and Mary Lou Retton, who all competed at the same international invitational early in their careers.
The two young Americans will face off against London Olympians Vanessa Ferrari of Italy, Asuka Teramoto of Japan, and Victoria Moors of Canada during Saturday’s World Cup event.
U.S. gymnasts Danell Leyva and Jake Dalton headline the men’s competition, along with London all-around silver medalist Marcel Nguyen of Germany, and Kristian Thomas of Great Britain.
Catch the American Cup live on NBC Saturday starting at 1pm est.