Gold Medal Dreams

Abbie Beckman  |  Age 13  |  DC West

Many girls are introduced to gymnastics at an early age, enjoying all the sport has to offer and the friendships built.  On rare occasion there is someone who emerges early as a standout, one who shows the drive and discipline to compete, and that’s exactly what Abbie Beckman did.

At the age of 3, Beckman started her gymnastics training, and by the age of 5, she began to compete on the national level.   When she was just 6 years old, Beckman finished 2nd at the National Championships in Daytona Beach, which further propelled her dedication to gymnastics.  She began to focus on tumbling, and it became clear that her future in the sport was bright. 

Since then, Beckman has managed to rack up many awards, claiming the Nebraska State Champion title for eight consecutive years, Regional Champion five separate times, National Champion in 2010 (held in Virginia Beach, VA) and National Champion in 2013 (held in Kansas City, MO).  She has been nationally ranked in the top four since 2008.

At this year’s Regional All-Star competition at the National Championships in Kansas City, Beckman had the highest score of all age groups, both male and female, helping her regional team win the overall tumbling award.

All of these earned titles culminated into her highest honor to date:  she was recently named to the 2013-2014 USA Gymnastics Olympic Development Team after being recognized as one of the Top 3 in the United States in her age group.  With this, she has been invited to attend the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Texas and will represent the U.S. in international competition.

Abbie also plays volleyball and participates in track for DC West where she is an Honors student and serves on the student council.  She enjoys a variety of outdoor activities and spending time with family and friends.  She has two siblings: a sister Kassie, age 21, and a brother Tyler, age 19. 

Beckman is the daughter of Dan and Debbie Beckman of Omaha.

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