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ZENG Laura (USA)

Identity

Title
Ms
Lastname
ZENG
Firstname
Laura
Gender
female
Country
USA
City
LIBERTYVILLE, IL
Place of birth
Hartford, CT
Country of birth
USA
Year of birth
1999
Height
160 cm / 5' 3''
Weight
43 kg / 95 lb
Discipline(s)
Rhythmic Gymnastics
Instagram account
Facebook account
Facebook page

Hobbies

Dancing, reading, cooking, watching TV, spending time with friends and family, playing board games. (nbcolympics.com, 23 Mar 2016; teamusa.org, 02 Sep 2016; jwcdaily.com, 14 Oct 2015)

Occupation

Student

Spoken languages

English, Mandarin

Club

North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics [Deerfield, IL, USA]

Coach

Natalia Klimouk [club, national]; Angelina Yovcheva [club] (puntoritmica.wordpress.com, 08 Apr 2017; cbslocal.com, 05 Aug 2016)

Other sports

She has been involved in ballet since childhood, and divides her time between rhythmic gymnastics and ballet. In 2013 and 2014 she earned scholarships to do intensive sessions with professional ballet companies including Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle, WA, United States of America. (nbcolympics.com, 23 Mar 2016; chicagotribune.com, 05 Dec 2015)

International senior debut

2015 for United States, Grand Prix in Moscow, Russia (nbcolympics.com, 23 Mar 2016)

Start sporting career

She began rhythm gymnastics at age seven under Natalia Klimouk at the North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics club in Deerfield, IL, United States of America. (teamusa.org, 24 Jun 2015; chicagotribune.com, 25 Sep 2015)

Reason for taking up the sport

As a child she swam and took classes in ballet and Chinese folk dance, until a friend from her dance class introduced her to rhythmic gymnastics. "I was drawn to the performance aspect, as I was a dancer and I loved performing for the audience. And the musicality and being able to express myself while also being able to do equipment handling also really appealed to me." (nbcolympics.com, 23 Mar 2016; suntimeshighschoolsports.com, 06 Aug 2014; chicagotribune.com, 05 Dec 2015)

Trainings

She trains every day after school for five hours. Every two or three months she visits Moscow, Russian Federation, to train with Russian head coach Irina Viner. (puntoritmica.wordpress.com, 08 Apr 2017)

Hero / Idol

Russian rhythmic gymnast Yana Kudryavtseva. (nbcolympics.com, 23 Mar 2016)

Most influential person in career

Her father. (nbcolympics.com, 23 Mar 2016)

Philosophy / Motto

"It's the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting." (dailyherald.com, 11 Sep 2015)

Additional information

Awards
In 2017 she was named USA Gymnastics Athlete of the Year for rhythmic gymnastics. (usagym.org, 01 Jul 2017)

General
HISTORIC ACHIEVEMENTS
In May 2016 she became the first US rhythmic gymnast to win a medal at a World Cup event, with her bronze in hoop and ribbon in Minsk, Belarus. Her 11th place finish at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro is the joint-highest finish by a US rhythmic gymnast at an Olympic Games. She was the first US rhythmic gymnast to win an individual medal at a Youth Olympic Games, when she won bronze in the all-around competition at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, People's Republic of China. At the 2015 World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany, she finished eighth in the individual all-around final, which was the highest placing for an individual US rhythmic gymnast in the history of the event. At the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, ON, Canada, she won all five individual rhythmic gymnastic gold medals on offer, which was the second time in history that a gymnast from any nation had achieved the feat [the first was fellow US athlete Mary Sanders in 2003]. (patch.com, 24 Aug 2016; northshorerythmics.com, 09 Nov 2015; nbcolympics.com, 23 Mar 2016; news.xinhuanet.com, 21 Jul 2015; chicagotribune.com, 05 Dec 2015)

BALLET, CHINESE DANCING
She credits part of her style to her Chinese folk dancing background, and is also influenced by her involvement in ballet. "Chinese dancing is definitely a huge part of my career and a strong basis for my style and foundation. It's something that I feel that's in me. Ballet is a great foundation for rhythmic and helps me improve my technique." Her sister, Yecca Zeng, works as a fashion designer for American Eagle Outfitters, and has designed leotards for her to wear at competitions. (nbcolympics.com, 23 Mar 2016; dailyherald.com, 09 Nov 2015; teamusa.org, 24 Jun 2015; dailyherald.com, 11 Sep 2015)

FAMILY
She was born in the United States of America to Chinese parents who came to the country in the 1990s. She met her extended Chinese family while competing at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, People's Republic of China. "I am the first of my family to be born in America. My parents came here about 20 years ago. When I was six, I went back to China and met my relatives, but it had been a long time so it was very cool when they came and watched me [in Nanjing]." (nbcolympics.com, 23 Mar 2016; dailyherald.com, 09 Nov 2015; dailyherald.com, 11 Sep 2015)

Last update : 2017-07-07

Individual All-Around - Senior
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
11
Score Qualif.
69.841 
Individual All-Around - Junior
Rank Final
3
Score Final
56.750 
Rank Qualif.
2
Score Qualif.
57.375 
Hoop - Senior
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
14
Score Qualif.
14.900
Ball - Senior
Rank Final
7
Score Final
15.350
Rank Qualif.
8
Score Qualif.
16.200
Clubs - Senior
Rank Final
5
Score Final
16.000
Rank Qualif.
4
Score Qualif.
16.500
Ribbon - Senior
Rank Final
7
Score Final
15.200
Rank Qualif.
5
Score Qualif.
15.025
Individual All-Around - Senior
Rank Final
6
Score Final
68.250 
Rank Qualif.
6
Score Qualif.
67.200 
Hoop - Senior
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
9
Score Qualif.
16.950
Ball - Senior
Rank Final
6
Score Final
17.050
Rank Qualif.
6
Score Qualif.
17.000
Clubs - Senior
Rank Final
6
Score Final
17.050
Rank Qualif.
7
Score Qualif.
17.000
Ribbon - Senior
Rank Final
5
Score Final
16.200
Rank Qualif.
5
Score Qualif.
16.250
Individual All-Around - Senior
Rank Final
8
Score Final
70.416 
Rank Qualif.
11
Score Qualif.
52.500 
Hoop - Senior
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
10
Score Qualif.
17.500
Ball - Senior
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
14
Score Qualif.
17.233
Clubs - Senior
Rank Final
7
Score Final
17.666
Rank Qualif.
8
Score Qualif.
17.700
Ribbon - Senior
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
14
Score Qualif.
17.300
Team - Senior
Rank Final
9
Score Final
135.557
Rank Qualif.
-
Score Qualif.
-
Individual All-Around - Senior
Rank Final
11
Score Final
62.150 
Rank Qualif.
-
Score Qualif.
-
Individual All-Around - Senior
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
10
Score Qualif.
63.200 
Hoop - Senior
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
9
Score Qualif.
16.250
Ball - Senior
Rank Final
6
Score Final
15.650
Rank Qualif.
7
Score Qualif.
15.700
Clubs - Senior
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
13
Score Qualif.
16.100
Ribbon - Senior
Rank Final
5
Score Final
15.900
Rank Qualif.
8
Score Qualif.
15.150
Individual All-Around - Senior
Rank Final
4
Score Final
67.900 
Rank Qualif.
-
Score Qualif.
-
Hoop - Senior
Rank Final
3
Score Final
17.150
Rank Qualif.
3
Score Qualif.
17.450
Ball - Senior
Rank Final
7
Score Final
16.700
Rank Qualif.
6
Score Qualif.
16.850
Clubs - Senior
Rank Final
3
Score Final
16.900
Rank Qualif.
4
Score Qualif.
17.250
Ribbon - Senior
Rank Final
7
Score Final
15.150
Rank Qualif.
4
Score Qualif.
16.350
Individual All-Around - Senior
Rank Final
11
Score Final
70.350 
Rank Qualif.
-
Score Qualif.
-
Hoop - Senior
Rank Final
5
Score Final
18.250
Rank Qualif.
5
Score Qualif.
18.150
Ball - Senior
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
22
Score Qualif.
15.550
Clubs - Senior
Rank Final
5
Score Final
18.300
Rank Qualif.
5
Score Qualif.
18.300
Ribbon - Senior
Rank Final
6
Score Final
18.150
Rank Qualif.
6
Score Qualif.
18.350
Individual All-Around - Senior
Rank Final
11
Score Final
70.900 
Rank Qualif.
-
Score Qualif.
-
Hoop - Senior
Rank Final
6
Score Final
17.900
Rank Qualif.
8
Score Qualif.
18.100
Ball - Senior
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
25
Score Qualif.
16.950
Clubs - Senior
Rank Final
5
Score Final
18.050
Rank Qualif.
7
Score Qualif.
18.100
Ribbon - Senior
Rank Final
5
Score Final
17.100
Rank Qualif.
11
Score Qualif.
17.750
Individual All-Around - Senior
Rank Final
7
Score Final
70.850 
Rank Qualif.
-
Score Qualif.
-
Hoop - Senior
Rank Final
3
Score Final
18.050
Rank Qualif.
4
Score Qualif.
18.050
Ball - Senior
Rank Final
4
Score Final
18.000
Rank Qualif.
7
Score Qualif.
17.800
Clubs - Senior
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
14
Score Qualif.
17.000
Ribbon - Senior
Rank Final
3
Score Final
18.050
Rank Qualif.
4
Score Qualif.
18.000
Individual All-Around - Senior
Rank Final
19
Score Final
69.150 
Rank Qualif.
-
Score Qualif.
-
Hoop - Senior
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
17
Score Qualif.
17.250
Ball - Senior
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
12
Score Qualif.
17.700
Clubs - Senior
Rank Final
7
Score Final
16.850
Rank Qualif.
8
Score Qualif.
17.750
Ribbon - Senior
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
34
Score Qualif.
16.450
Individual All-Around - Senior
Rank Final
7
Score Final
70.150 
Rank Qualif.
-
Score Qualif.
-
Hoop - Senior
Rank Final
8
Score Final
17.500
Rank Qualif.
5
Score Qualif.
17.600
Ball - Senior
Rank Final
5
Score Final
17.550
Rank Qualif.
6
Score Qualif.
17.700
Clubs - Senior
Rank Final
8
Score Final
16.650
Rank Qualif.
6
Score Qualif.
17.550
Ribbon - Senior
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
11
Score Qualif.
17.300
Individual All-Around - Senior
Rank Final
10
Score Final
68.750 
Rank Qualif.
-
Score Qualif.
-
Hoop - Senior
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
12
Score Qualif.
17.350
Ball - Senior
Rank Final
8
Score Final
15.250
Rank Qualif.
7
Score Qualif.
17.400
Clubs - Senior
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
18
Score Qualif.
16.900
Ribbon - Senior
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
12
Score Qualif.
17.100
Individual All-Around - Senior
Rank Final
15
Score Final
68.750 
Rank Qualif.
-
Score Qualif.
-
Hoop - Senior
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
16
Score Qualif.
17.150
Ball - Senior
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
16
Score Qualif.
17.200
Clubs - Senior
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
13
Score Qualif.
17.200
Ribbon - Senior
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
14
Score Qualif.
17.200
Individual All-Around - Senior
Rank Final
11
Score Final
68.400 
Rank Qualif.
-
Score Qualif.
-
Ribbon - Senior
Rank Final
7
Score Final
16.950
Rank Qualif.
8
Score Qualif.
17.200
Individual All-Around - Senior
Rank Final
14
Score Final
66.850 
Rank Qualif.
-
Score Qualif.
-
Hoop - Senior
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
10
Score Qualif.
17.100
Ball - Senior
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
16
Score Qualif.
16.750
Clubs - Senior
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
18
Score Qualif.
16.350
Ribbon - Senior
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
20
Score Qualif.
16.650

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