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US Gymnast Aleah Finnegan Is Open To Compete For The Philippines

  US Gymnast Aleah Finnegan said that she is open to compete for The Philippines. "I don't necessarily think I would go back to the...

 



US Gymnast Aleah Finnegan said that she is open to compete for The Philippines.

"I don't necessarily think I would go back to the USA, however there has been few talk about Philippines and they were so open for that, and we're kinda see where that goes," Finnegan told Inside Gymnastics.



Finnegan is of Filipino heritage. Her mom, Linabelle, was born and raised in the Philippines. Her eldest sister, Hannah, competed for the Philippines at the Southeast Asian Games in 2011. 

Sarah, Aleah's older sister, was an alternate for the 2012 Summer Olympics Gymnastics team.

The 19 year old gymnast competed for the US team at the 2019 Pan American Games, where they won gold.

Finnegan was not named to the 2019 US World Championship team. She also did not qualify to the US Olympic trials in 2021, where the Tokyo Olympic team got selected.

She announced her retirement from elite gymnastics last June and made her NCAA gymnastics debut earlier this year.

Finnegan has previously said that seeing Filipino gymnast Carlos Yulo make history at the 2018 Artistic Gymnastics World Championships - where he won bronze on floor exercise in Doha, making him the first Philippine gymnast to medal at a World Championships - was a special moment for her.

“It was such a special moment, because I was just like, ‘This is so awesome,’” Finnegan said. “Filipino gymnasts don’t get a lot of recognition, especially competing for the Philippines, and I think that was so awesome, and I’m so proud of him.”

  

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