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TEAM GRACE SHINE USA - North Carolina
Mission and Vision
Our vision is to allow our students to develop to their fullest potential in a safe, friendly, and professional environment to allow our gymnasts to shine gracefully.
Coach: Olga Bogdan
For the first time, the USA was represented in the Children’s Division at the World Cup of Aesthetic Group Gymnastics in October in Tallinn, Estonia. This select group of girls from Cary, NC, competed at the highest level internationally at the Tallinn Trophy Competition. The North Carolina group, composed of gymnasts ages eight through ten, is led by Russian native Olga Bogdan, who founded the Grace Gymnastics Academy in Cary. These young athletes trained for two years and placed 2nd in their first AGG competition and their first international start.
AGG, or Aesthetic Group Gymnastics, is a relatively new sport in the United States; however, it is quickly gaining popularity, notably in Canada and Eastern Europe. As a native Russian, Coach Bogdan took her first gymnastics class at five, represented Russia in the National AGG Championships, and competed internationally. "The girls have exceeded anyone’s expectations, and we were thrilled to have been invited to represent the USA for the first time ever,” said Bogdan.
Koop Cup, Toronto, Canada, May 2022, 1st place
World tournament “STEIERMARK CUP” Graz, Austria, November 2022, 6th place
Mall Kalve Memorial Cup 2021, virtual competition Estonia - August 2021,
Fuji Kurara Cup, virtual competition Japan - November 2021, 4th place
Slonny Cup, Toronto, Canada - January 2020. Short program 6-8-year-old,
International tournament TALLINN TROPHY, Tallinn Estonia, 2019
Short program 8-10-year-old, 2nd place
Team Grace Shine (6-8 years old)
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