When most people think of gymnastics factories, they think Texas. Partly because Texas gyms seem to work harder than Kathy Johnson Clarke’s salivary glands, and partly because Al Trautwig tells us so. But what about other states like California? According to the information compiled by Taylor Anderson, California produces more high-level gymnasts than Texas does. Taylor chose to add the qualifiers to the Nastia Liukin Cup (this meet can be even harder to quality to than level 10 nationals), number of Division I athletes, and number of elite championships competitors to find the top states. Do you agree with this method? Tell us what you think. The data below depicts the top three gymnast-producing states: California, Texas and Illinois.
Elite (Data taken from 2015 P&G Championships and 2015 Nastia Liukin Cup):
NCAA (Data taken from 2016 DI rosters):
Does this surprise you? Tell us what you think!