GHS student to compete in Youth Olympics
Gilbert High School student to compete in Youth Olympics
Posted on 09/07/2018
Gilbert Public Schools - Gilbert High School student to compete in Youth Olympics; Gymnast Brandon Briones to travel to Argentina in OctoberBy Eduardo Barraza, GPS

(Gilbert, AZ) -- For Brandon Briones, his journey to the 2018 Youth Olympics began more than 10 years ago, when as a child he taught himself to do handstands and walk on his hands. After seeing this, Brandon‘s parents decided to enroll him in gymnastics.

The Gilbert High School senior student recently returned with the gold medal from Boston, Massachusetts, where he won the 17-18 U.S. Gymnastics Championship All-Around Title, and first place in the still rings and high bar routines.
This important victory earned Briones the only American men’s gymnastics entry for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games, to be held in October in Buenos Aires, Argentina, an accomplishment he has worked hard for more than a decade.
Brandon Briones gymnast quote
“I started gymnastics when I was six years old, and I’ve been doing it ever since,” said Briones. “Doing gymnastics has always been a lot of hard work, a big time commitment, and working up to this point has been a long journey, but it’s paid off.”
Brandon Briones with CoachBriones said his participation in the Gymnastics Championship for youth ages 17 and 18, held in August, was a unique experience, where he competed against some of the best gymnasts in the United States.

The 17-year-old is no stranger to winning. In 2012, when he was only 11, he took first place at the Future Stars National Evaluation at the Olympic Training Center, in Colorado.
Brandon Briones with Coach
He has regularly competed in championship tournaments where he has earned first, second and third places both individually and as a member of his team, traveling across the U.S. and to countries like Germany and Argentina, where in July of this year he along with his team earned first place at the Pan American Junior Championships.

Briones, a resident of Gilbert, Arizona trains at Aspire Kids Sports Center, in Chandler, where Rob Survick and Evan Shaw coach him.

“Brandon is undoubtedly an unbelievably hard worker, and he’s very humble,” said Survick, who works as Boys Head Coach at Aspire. “He is a great combination of those two values.”

Survick said Briones is a great teammate to his team, always helping his fellow gymnasts to do well in the sport.

“He’s a great character guy, and that’s been more exciting as amazing as he is in gymnastics. His character and his work ethics are part of that,” said Survick.
Brandon Briones on rings
Photo Courtesy of USA Gymnastics

For Briones, his senior year at Gilbert High and his athletic commitments have become a balancing act where he strives to maintain the necessary equilibrium between education and sports, and to excel and meet the requirements of being both a student and a gymnast.

“Doing gymnastics and school full time is definitely a challenge, it’s a big time commitment,” said Briones. “So time management is definitely a big part of what I have to work on.”

Briones will be graduating next spring as part of Gilbert High’s Class of 2019, but before he walks across a stage wearing a cap and gown, he’ll be facing his most difficult challenge this fall where will compete among the best world gymnasts at the Youth Olympics.

“Argentina is definitely going to be an amazing experience. I’ve never competed at a stage that big. It’s going to be one of the greatest experiences I’ll have.”



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