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Konnor McClain

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Konnor McClain
Konnor McClain JWCH Women's All-around competition Victory ceremony Team final (Martin Rulsch).jpg
Personal information
Full nameKonnor McClain
Country represented United States
Born (2005-02-01) February 1, 2005 (age 16)
Las Vegas, Nevada USA
HometownCross Lanes, West Virginia USA
DisciplineWomen's artistic gymnastics
LevelJunior International Elite
Years on national team2018–21 (USA)
Revolution Gymnastics
Head coach(es)Valeri Liukin
Former coach(es)Susan Brown
Medal record

Konnor McClain (born February 1, 2005) is an American artistic gymnast and a member of the United States women's national gymnastics team. She is the 2019 City of Jesolo Trophy and the 2019 U.S. Classic Junior All-Around Champion.

Early life

McClain was born to Marc and Lorinda McClain in 2005 in Las Vegas, Nevada. She has three siblings. [1]

Gymnastics career

J.O. & HOPEs


In 2015 McClain was part of the Junior Olympic Program and competed at various HOPEs competitions. She competed at the 2015 HOPES Championships where she placed second on balance beam, behind Ciena Alipio, fourth in the all-around, fifth on vault, and seventh on floor exercise.[2] In 2016 she competed the 2016 Hopes Championships where she placed first in the all-around, on vault, balance beam, and uneven bars, and second on floor exercise.[3]

Junior Elite


In 2017 McClain qualified for junior elite status at the Brestyans National Qualifier.[4] She also competed at the KPAC National Qualifier and the Parkettes National Qualifier. She made her elite debut at the American Classic where she place 21st in the all-around.[5] In late July she competed at the 2017 U.S. Classic where she placed 24th in the all-around, tying with Kayla DiCello.[6]


In early 2018 McClain competed at the Buckeye National Qualifier and International Gymnix, where she won silver on floor exercise behind Irina Alexeeva. In early July, she competed at the American Classic where she placed second in the all-around behind Kayla DiCello.[7] Later that month she competed at the 2018 U.S. Classic where she only competed three events but won bronze on the uneven bars behind DiCello and Jordan Bowers.[8] In August McClain competed at the 2018 U.S. National Gymnastics Championships. She finished in fifth place in the all-around and won gold on balance beam. As a result she was added to the national team for the first time.[9]


In February, McClain was named to the team to competed at the 2019 City of Jesolo Trophy in Italy, alongside Kayla DiCello, Ciena Alipio, and Sophia Butler.[10] While there she helped the USA win team silver behind Russia and individually she gold in the all-around, ahead of Russian Vladislava Urazova, and on vault ahead of Russian Viktoria Listunova and teammate Alipio. She also won bronze on uneven bars, behind Urazova and Russian Elena Gerasimova and on floor exercise behind Listunova and Urazova.[11]

In June McClain competed at the Junior World Championships Trials where she placed fourth in the all-around and was named as the alternate for the inaugural Junior World Championships.[12] In July she competed at the U.S. Classic where she won gold in the all-around, on vault, and on balance beam.[13]

In August McClain competed at the U.S. National Championships. After the first day of competition she recorded a score of 56.500 and was in first place.[14] During the second day of competition scored a 56.100, giving her a total combined score of 112.600 which won her the silver medal in the all-around behind Kayla DiCello. McClain won gold on balance beam, silver on vault behind DiCello, and silver on uneven bars behind Olivia Greaves, and placed sixth on floor exercise. She was added to the junior national team.[15]


In March McClain was selected to compete at International Gymnix, taking place in Montreal alongside Skye Blakely, Kaliya Lincoln, and Katelyn Jong.[16] While there she helped the USA win team gold and individually she won silver in the all-around behind Blakely and gold in all four event finals.[17]

Senior elite


McClain made her senior debut at the 2021 Winter Cup, in which she competed on vault and beam. She earned the third highest score on vault behind Jordan Chiles and Jade Carey, and also finished fourth on beam behind Skye Blakely, Chiles, and Sunisa Lee.[18] McClain was one of five gymnasts featured on the Peacock docuseries Golden: The Journey of USA's Elite Gymnasts.[19] After a subpar performance at the U.S. Classic McClain had announced she was switching gyms to train at WOGA with Valeri Liukin as her coach.[20] She also announced on August 14 of 2021 that she committed to LSU Gymnastics, starting in the 2024 season after the 2024 Paris Olympic Games.

Selected competitive skills

Apparatus Name Description Difficulty[a] Performed
Vault Baitova Yurchenko entry, laid out salto backwards with two twists 5.4 2021
Uneven Bars Church Pike sole circle (toe-on circle) backward - counter piked reverse hecht E 2020-21
Piked jaeger Reverse grip swing to piked salto forwards to catch high bar E 2019
Inbar 1/2 Inbar Stalder to half (1/2) pirouette D 2019
Balance Beam Layout Laid out salto backwards with legs together (to two feet) E 2021
Double Pike Dismount: Double piked salto backwards E 2021
Shishova Salto bwd tucked with 1/1 twist F 2021
Floor Exercise Double layout Double layout salto backwards F 2017-20
  1. ^ Valid for the 2017-2020 Code of Points

Competitive history


Year Event Team AA VT UB BB FX
2017 American Classic 21 11 6 34 17
U.S. Classic 24 26 43 12 27
2018 International Gymnix 14 4 2nd place, silver medalist(s)
American Classic 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 7 3rd place, bronze medalist(s) 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 7
U.S. Classic 11 3rd place, bronze medalist(s) 23
U.S. National Championships 5 9 4 1st place, gold medalist(s) 9
2019 City of Jesolo Trophy 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 1st place, gold medalist(s) 1st place, gold medalist(s) 3rd place, bronze medalist(s) 6 3rd place, bronze medalist(s)
Jr. World Championships Trials 4
Junior World Championships 3rd place, bronze medalist(s)[a]
U.S. Classic 1st place, gold medalist(s) 1st place, gold medalist(s) 12 1st place, gold medalist(s) 4
U.S. National Championships 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 1st place, gold medalist(s) 6
2020 International Gymnix 1st place, gold medalist(s) 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 1st place, gold medalist(s) 1st place, gold medalist(s) 1st place, gold medalist(s) 1st place, gold medalist(s)
  1. ^ McClain was the team USA alternate


Year Event Team AA VT UB BB FX
2021 Winter Cup 3rd place, bronze medalist(s) 4
U.S. Classic 34 29


  1. ^ "Konnor McClain". USA Gymnastics.
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  4. ^ "2017 Brestyan's National Qualifier Results". The Gymternet. February 16, 2017.
  5. ^ "2017 American Classic Results". The Gymternet. July 9, 2017.
  6. ^ "2017 U.S. Classic Results". The Gymternet. July 31, 2017.
  7. ^ "American Classic Hopes Classic Meet Results" (PDF). USA Gymnastics. July 7, 2018.
  8. ^ "2018 GK U.S. Classic Meet Results" (PDF). USA Gymnastics. July 28, 2018.
  9. ^ "2018 U.S. Championships - Women Day 2 Meet Results - Multi" (PDF). USA Gymnastics. August 19, 2018.
  10. ^ "USA Gymnastics announces women's spring international team assignments". USA Gymnastics. February 24, 2019.
  11. ^ "USA wins senior team title at 2019 Jesolo Trophy, captures 14 other medals". USA Gymnastics. March 3, 2019.
  12. ^ "2019 U.S. Junior Worlds Trials Results". The Gymternet. June 15, 2019.
  13. ^ "Biles, McClain win all-around titles at 2019 GK U.S. Classic". USA Gymnastics. July 20, 2019.
  14. ^ "Biles leads women's all-around at mid-point of 2019 U.S. Championships". USA Gymnastics. July 9, 2019.
  15. ^ "Biles soars to sixth U.S. women's all-around title at 2019 U.S. Championships". USA Gymnastics. August 11, 2019.
  16. ^ "U.S. women to compete in 2020 Gymnix International". USA Gymnastics. March 3, 2020.
  17. ^ "USA wins senior and junior team titles, 10 individual titles at 2020 Gymnix International". USA Gymnastics. March 9, 2020.
  18. ^ "2021 Winter Cup Senior Women Results" (PDF).
  19. ^ "Peacock Lays Out Olympics "Destination" With Live Shows, Five New Channels, Original Programming". Deadline Hollywood. June 23, 2021.
  20. ^ "Konnor McClain, rising U.S. gymnast, focuses on 2024 Olympic cycle". NBC Sports. June 2, 2021.

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