Photo Credit:: USA Gymnastics
Sabrina Vega was a member of the 2011 gold medal winning World Championship team for the USA. After much success as a junior, she was able to continue that success into her senior debut. At 2011 US Nationals, she finished 5th in the all-around, 5th on balance beam and 4th on floor exercise. Sabrina earned a place on the 2011 World team and went on to finish the qualifying round in 9th in the all-around. In team finals, Sabrina was the lead off on both uneven bars and balance beam, setting the pace for Team USA that would eventually end with Vega and the rest of the team being named World Champions. The 2012 Olympic Trials did not go as hoped and Vega finished in 10th place in the all around and was not named to the team.
Afterwards, Vega made the difficult decision of moving from her home in New York to living with a host family in Missouri to train with Al and Armine Fong at GAGE. We have not seen her in competition due to multiple injuries - shoulder surgery and a knee injury. In November of 2014, Sabrina returned to camp and at the January 2015 camp, we were finally able to see what she's been up to - on beam anyway. Here are a few of the skills she showed. She also showed a double wolf turn on beam.
While some of these skills have been in her routine in the past, it's great to see Vega training after such a long (long long long) time. She was not at the February camp but let's hope it's due to fewer invites this time around and not injury! Jesolo is coming up and it seems unlikely that she will compete as she does not yet have an FIG license for the USA. Hopefully we do get to see Sabrina Vega compete in the lead up to Rio. Her floor stays with me as one of my favorites and I will continue to root for her until her last days in this crazy sport.
You can ready my interview with her from Nov 2013 after the gym change here and part 2 here.