STANFORD, Calif. – Stanford women’s gymnastics got stronger Wednesday when 2012 U.S. Olympic alternate Elizabeth Price signed a National Letter of Intent to join the Cardinal in 2014-15.
Price was named an alternate to the U.S. Olympic team that won the gold medal in the 2012 London Olympics. It was the first gold-medal finish for the U.S. since 1996. Price finished fourth at the 2012 Olympic Trials after hitting each of her eight routines.
“We are so excited to welcome Elizabeth Price to the Stanford family,” said head coach Kristen Smyth. “She is one of the best in the world and ranks among the top recruits we’ve ever had in our program. She is such an exciting and dynamic athlete to watch and I know our Stanford women’s gymnastics fans are going to fall in love with her.”
Price is a talented all-around competitor and excels particularly on vault, bars and floor. She trained at Parkette's National Gymnastics Training Center under coaches Bill and Donna Strauss. Among her many accomplishments include:
• Two-time 2012 World Cup all-around champion (Stuttgart, Glasgow)
• Alternate for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team that won the gold medal in London
• 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials, San Jose, Calif. - 4th-AA, FX; 5th-UB
• 2012 Visa Championships, St. Louis, Mo. - 5th-AA, FX; 8th-UB
• 2012 City of Jesolo Trophy, Jesolo, Italy - 1st-Team; 2nd-VT; 5th-FX; 6th-AA; 7th-UB(T)
• 2012 Secret U.S. Classic, Chicago, Ill. - 2nd-VT(T); 4th-UB; 5th-AA
• 2011 City of Jesolo Trophy, Jesolo, Italy - 1st-Team; 3rd-VT; 4th-BB(T); 7th-AA; 8th-FX(T) (Jr. Div.)
• 2011 Visa Championships, Saint Paul, Minn. - 4th-UB; 5th-VT(T) (Jr. Div.)
• 2011 CoverGirl Classic, Chicago, Ill. - 3rd-UB(T) (Jr. Div.)
• 2010 Visa Championships, Hartford, Conn. - 5th-VT, UB(T) (Jr. Div.)
“She has an incredible work ethic, a competitive fire and simply exudes confidence in everything she does,” Smyth added. “She’s a perfect fit here and I know she will shine in the classroom and on the competition floor.”
Price joins a Stanford team that has competed in 10 NCAA Championships in 13 years, made 30 consecutive NCAA Regional appearances and accumulated 96 All-America honors (including 75 since 2002). The Cardinal is one of seven teams in the nation to make six Super Six appearances in the past 12 years (2002-13).
Stanford begins its 2014 season Jan. 5 at the NorCal Quad meet at Sacramento State and holds its home-opener Jan. 12 against Georgia.