Ariana Orrego, a gymnast at Iowa State University, is about to fulfil another childhood ambition by representing Peru in the Olympics.
Orrego makes history as the first woman from Iowa State to qualify for the Olympics in gymnastics.
A. Orrego Olympic Games Tokyo 2020
At the 2019 Gymnastics World Championships in Germany, she first met the requirements to compete in Tokyo in 2020.
“Ari has committed a huge amount of her life in pursuit of and attaining the dream of being an Olympian,” stated head coach Jay Ronayne. “To compete at the Olympics, in any sport, is an extraordinary opportunity. It’s something truly unique and extraordinary.
For Ari, who became the country’s first female gymnast to qualify for the Olympics when she competed in Rio in 2016, this achievement has added significance.
Amazingly, if she qualifies for the 2021 Olympics in Tokyo, she will become a two-time Olympian.
Every day, I am blown away by her dedication, determination, and hard work. She has worked very hard, and as a result, she has opened doors for herself that most people can only imagine.”
Orrego has Previous Olympic Experience, Having Competed in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro.
She made history as Peru’s first Olympic gymnast. She qualified in the 50th spot in the individual all-around in 2016.
As a competitor from from Lima, Peru, Orrego will kick off her campaign on Sunday, July 25 at the Ariake Gymnastics Centre with women’s all-around qualifying. All-around finals for individuals are scheduled for Thursday, July 29, and apparatus finals will commence on Sunday, August 1.
This season, as a redshirt junior for the Cyclones and in preparation for the Olympics, she competed in four competitions on the beam and two on the floor.
When Orrego qualified for the Olympics in 2019, she decided to take a redshirt year and sit out the 2020 season.
“Right now, she is in the final stages of her preparation for the Tokyo Olympic Games,” Ronayne said. “I know she will draw upon her experience at the Rio Olympic games to be the best athlete she has ever been.”
I can’t wait to see her compete in Tokyo because she is currently performing the best gymnastics of her life.
Summary Information About Ariana Orrego
Former Peruvian gymnast of the highest calibre, Ariana Gabriela Orrego Martinez (born September 25 in Lima).
She will compete in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 and Tokyo in 2021 as the first Peruvian gymnast to earn Olympic qualification.
She has also competed for Peru at international events like the Pan American Games and the World Championships.
She started school at Iowa State University’s gymnastics programme in the fall of 2017 in the United States.
In 2020 and 2021, Her Performeance
The COVID-19 epidemic prevented Orrego from competing in 2020. A year later, at the Olympics in Tokyo, she was back in action.
After warming up on floor, she moved on to vault for the third division. Seventy-fourth in the all-around, she failed not qualify for the finals in the individual competitions.