Fowlerville gymnast captures first place all-around title at championships
Landen Blixt, a 12-year-old Level 9 gymnast at Brighton’s Infinity Gymnastics Academy, took first place all-around title at the 2016 Future Stars National Championships in Colorado Springs, Colorado with a total score of 84.95 out of 90.
Blixt, who lives with his family in Fowlerville and competes against 13-year-olds, placed in the top three for all events with Floor, Pommel Horse and Trampoline being his first-place events. He will head back to Colorado to participate in the special Future Stars camp to be held at the US Olympic Training Center next summer, an opportunity only offered to the top three gymnasts in his division.
Blixt, who started in a Parent Tot program at Infinity Gymnastics Academy when he was just two-years-old, has risen to be one of USA’s leading gymnasts in his age group. Blixt is coached by George Gagua who has earned honors as “Michigan’s Coach of the Year” for three straight years.
Coach Gagua attributes Blixt’s success to his dedication to the sport. “Landen has been in the Future Stars Program for the past five years and has made National team for the past three years. It has taken long hours of practice and a lot of patience, hard work, and determination to achieve such a high level in gymnastics, Coach Gagua stated.
The Future Stars National Championships showcase top 10-, 11-, 12- and 13-year-old male gymnasts who perform special Future Stars competition routines on all Olympic gymnastics events. Elite gymnasts are evaluated on skill, strength and flexibility. Based on the results at the championships, USA Gymnastics identifies the Junior National Developmental Team, which includes the top six gymnasts in the 13-year-old division. The program is designed to identify talented athletes and to start them on the right developmental path to national and international success.
A big “CONGRATULATIONS” goes out to Landen! Chances are this won’t be the last time you read about him.