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Before his gold at the World Age Group championship, Brandon won gold medals at the 2013 U.S. Elite Challenge, the 2013 Trampoline and Tumbling Championships, and the 2013 Stars & Stripes Cup. In 2009, at 12, he won the bronze in the 11-12 division in St. Petersburg, Russia. The following year, he finished fifth in the 13-14 division at the competition in Metz, France.
Junior national power tumbling champion, Brandon Krzynefski, is a World Champion. At 16, Brandon won gold in the 15-16 division of the World Age Group Championship in Sophia, Bulgaria, in November, 2013. The World Age Group Championship is the highest level competition for a junior international elite power tumbler. Krzynefksi led the field after prelims, and then scored 33.900 in the finals to win the gold. The title of World Champion is especially sweet for Krzynefski because he missed 2011 and 2012 World Age Group Championships because of injury. After being unable to compete nationally or internationally for two years, Krzynefski made a triumphant return to competition in 2013, winning every competition he entered.
Justin trained at Capital and went on to compete for the University of Illinois on a full scholarship. Justin helped the U.S. men win the team bronze medal at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China. He won the parallel bars at the 2008 Visa Championships and has two U.S. horizontal bar titles (2005 and 2007). He had reconstructive surgery on his knee after tearing his ACL at the 2007 Visa Championships. Spring was an All-American from 2003-06 at the University of Illinois. As a senior, he won the Nissen-Emery Award and was named the Big 10 Gymnast of the Year. He says his teammates had the most influence on his athletic career because they always kept him motivated. Justin is now coaching at the University of Illinois.
Ashley trained at Capital and was a nine-year member of the U.S. National Team. She was also 2002 World Balance Beam Champion, competed at both the 2002 and 2003 World Championships. Ashley was the 2003 U.S. champion on floor exercise also placed second on beam and fourth in the all-around and on bars at the 2003 USA Championships. Ashley went on to compete for the University of Utah on a full scholarship.
Katie trained at Capital and was a six-year member of the U.S. National Team. She competed at the 2004 Olympic Trials and was an athlete representative for the 2004 Olympic Team Selection Camp. Placed first on bars at the 2004 Pacific Alliance Championships, the 2003 National Championships, the 2003 National Elite Podium meet, the 2001 U.S. Gymnastics Championships as well as a Bronze medalist on bars at the 2001 World Championships. Katie went on to compete for the University of Georgia on a full scholarship.
Kaitlin trained at Capital as a power tumbler. She competed in the following meets, 2009 Final Selection Event, Las Vegas, Nev.: 2nd-TU, 2009 Visa Championships, Dallas, Texas: 1st-TU, 2008 Visa Championships, Houston, Texas: 1st-TU, 2008 U.S. Elite Challenge, Mobile, Ala.: 1st-TU, 2007 Stars and Stripes Cup, Birmingham, Ala.: 1st-TU, 2007 National Championships, Memphis, Tenn.: 4th-TU, 2007 U.S. Elite Challenge, Colorado Springs, Colo.: 1st-TU. Kaitlin also competed at World Championships and helped clinch the Bronze Team Medal in 2007.
Susannah trained at Capital as a power tumbler. She competed in the following meets, 2009 Final Selection Event, Las Vegas, Nev.,3rd-TU,2008 Visa Championships, Houston, Texas: 3rd-TU, 2008 U.S. Elite Challenge, Mobile, Ala.: 3rd-TU, 2008 Winter Classic, Tulsa, Okla.: 2nd-TU, 2007 National Championships, Memphis, Tenn.: 3rd-TU, 2007 U.S. Elite Challenge, Colorado Springs, Colo.: 4th-TU, 2007 Winter Classic, Lubbock, Texas: 1st-TU, 2005 U.S. Elite Challenge, Phoenix, Ariz.: 1st-DM; 2nd-TU (Jr. Div), 2004 U.S. Championships, Nashville, Tenn.: 3rd-TU (Jr. Div), 2004 U.S. Elite Challenge, Birmingham, Ala.: 2nd-DM; 4th-TU (Jr. Div), 2004 Winter Classic, Salt Lake City, Utah: 1st-TU (Jr. Div), 2003 Winter Classic, Tampa, Fla.: 1st-TU (Jr. Div). Her international meets included, 2009 World Championships, St. Petersburg, Russia: 2nd-TU (Team), 2007 World Championships, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada: 1st-TU (Team), 2007 World Cup, St. Petersburg, Russia: 4th-TU, 2007 World Cup, Lake Placid, N.Y.: 3rd-TU,2007 World Cup, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada: 5th-TU