While most 14-year-old girls were busy worrying about their first middle school dance, Kaylen Morgan had her eyes set on a higher goal, the Women’s US National Team. Through hard work, endless hours of training, and an iron will, Morgan achieved her dream and represented the US in Montréal in March.
Kaylen’s coaches say they knew she was special from the time she first walked through the doors at Everest Gymnastics. They assert that the young lady has worked hard over the years to become one of just 25 gymnasts selected for the prestigious Women’s US National Team. Kaylen is one of the youngest members of the elite athletic group, which also includes Simone Biles, an Olympic gold medalist and one of Morgan’s role models.
According to her coaches at Everest Gymnastics, Kaylen was born in Atlanta, Georgia, and is a freshman at Connections Academy. She was first introduced to gymnastics as a toddler when her mother registered for recreational classes in Georgia. Kaylen’s goals have always been to represent the US in the world championships.
Outside of the gym, the promising high school student enjoys music and dance and is especially close to her family, including her youngest brother. She says Michael Jackson is her favorite musician while Marvel’s Black Panther has recently become her favorite movie. Despite her youth, one of Morgan’s favorite activities is mentoring younger students. Notably, Morgan also plays basketball and maintains above average grades in school, with plans to attend the University of Michigan in a few years.
The 2019 Gymnix International is not Morgan’s first dip into the spotlight. She previously competed in the 2017 Hopes Championship and the 2016 Junior Olympic National Championships. Most recently, Morgan showed off her unbelievable skills at the 2018 Nastia Liukin Cup.
While Kaylen Morgan is an outstanding athlete, her physical prowess is even more impressive considering that she was born 16 weeks premature. Her mother, Tracy, enrolled her in gymnastics as a way to keep her tiny three-year-old safe after she noticed Kaylen jumping, tumbling, and bouncing around her house while her mother enjoyed the Olympics on television. Little did the family know that this recreational activity would lead to Everest Gymnastics and pave a path toward the Olympics.