The Spanish are coming…

…to Stanford, that is. announced today that Spain’s Lenika de Simone will be joining the Stanford women’s gymnastics team in 2009.

De Simone is actually a Florida-born Spanish transplant. Her big international year was 2006, when she nabbed a pair of gold medals on the World Cup circuit on balance beam and floor exercise. She’s very much in the thick of things for one of the two Spanish berths to the Olympic Games.

Lenika de Simone, 2006 World Cup Event Finals, Balance Beam:

Simone, like most of the underrated Spanish team, has wonderful form and execution. I was surprised she didn’t have a bigger impact at the 2006 World Championships.

This is a big plus for Stanford, which graduates a (literally) super senior class this year, including Tabitha Yim, Stephanie Gentry and Liz Tricase.

Also coming to Stanford in 2009 are Canada’s Alyssa Brown, WOGA’s Catherine Nguyen and New Jersey’s Nicole Pechanec.

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3 Responses to “The Spanish are coming…”

  1. Marcus Says:


  2. gymbo Says:

    Exciting news! Can’t wait to see her in a Stanford leotard!

  3. ASHLEY Says:

    Dear Lenika de simon i hope you have a successful future at stanford you look stunning and bueatiful your face is as bright as the moon sky your hair is as pretty as the stars your voice sounds like the song of dreams hope to see you in the upcoming gymnastics championships 2009 in great britian in the o2 arena you will be fantastic.

    best wishes in your honour

    love from ASHLEY

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