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Morgan Hurd is a gymnast who simply won’t go away, and I mean that as a compliment. Morgan first rose to fame by winning the AA title at the 2017 World Championships. Morgan had won a highly prestigious title, but had been widely dismissed as a less than legitimate champion because Simone Biles was not in attendance, while other notable contenders were unable to compete due to injury.
Morgan Hurb silenced those voices by winning a second AA medal in 2018 and also holds silver medals on two different apparatuses. In doing so, Morgan Hurd ranks as one of the ten greatest American gymnasts of all time in my points ranking. The gymnast who once had her AA win openly doubted racked up a competitive resume that holds up well when compared to most of the AA winners in WAG history. Statistically, Morgan is one of the most talent gymnasts to have crashed onto the scene in recent years. But still, people continued to openly doubt the athletic capabilities of Morgan Hurd.
Her status as an AA champion in the first year of an Olympic quad made people question if Morgan could weather the next three years and still be in top form by the time the Olympics came around. Morgan responded by winning the 2020 American Cup, one of the most high-profile competitions in the pre-Olympic buildup. It was one of the last major competitions before the COVID-19 pandemic caused a world-wide sports shutdown and the Olympics to be delayed. How Morgan will fare once the gymnastics calendar restarts remains to be seen. But one thing is for certain, don’t write Morgan Hurd off. She has the tendency to embarrass those who do.
Besides her athletic capabilities, there is much to admire when it comes to the way Morgan conducts herself outside the gym. Her social media is laden with examples of Morgan advocating good causes. From encouraging people to vote, to encouraging reading, or providing messages of support for those who wear glasses, Morgan is the type who understands gymnastics has given her a large audience. She intends to use that platform to make the world a better place.
World Championships & Olympic Competition:
American Cup: 1st-AA
Pan American Games: 1st-Team
Tokyo World Cup: 1st-AA
World Team Selection Camp: 9th-AA
U.S. Gymnastics Championships: 4th-AA, 2nd-UB, 5th-BB
U.S. Classic: 6th-AA, 1st-UB, 8th-BB
World Team Selection Camp: 4th-AA
U.S. Gymnastics Championships: 2nd-AA, 3rd-UB, 4th-BB, 3rd-FX
U.S. Classic: 3rd-AA, 3rd-UB, 7th-BB (T), 3rd-FX
World Championships: 3rd-AA; 6th-UB, 2nd-FX, 1st-Team
Pacific Rim Championships: 2nd-AA, 1st-Team
American Cup: 1st-AA
U.S. Championships: 6th-AA, 8th-UB, 5th-BB
U.S. Classic: 6th-BB (T), 2nd-FX
World Championships: 1st-AA; 2nd-BB
Jesolo: 10th-AA, 1st-Team
DTB Cup (Stuttgart World Cup): 3rd-AA
U.S. Championships: 5th-AA, 3rd-UB 7th-VT (Jr. Div.)
U.S. Classic: 1st-FX; 2nd-UB; 5th-AA (Jr. Div.)
American Classic, 1st-AA (Jr. Div.)
U.S. Championships, – 4th-UB(T); 7th-FX; 8th-AA (Jr. Div.)
U.S. Classic, – 2nd-UB; 9th-AA (Jr. Div.)
U.S. Championships, – (Jr. Div.)
U.S. Classic, – (Jr. Div.)
American Classic, 8th-AA(T) (Jr. Div.)
Nastia Liukin Cup, Greensboro, N.C. – (Jr. Div.)
Results are taken from Score for Score, The Gymternet, GymnasticGreats, My Meet Scores, Gymn-Forum, the official websites of various national gymnastics federations, newspaper clippings, classic gymnastics magazines, and in some cases, were provided by the gymnasts themselves. An explanation for the meaning of these symbols can be found here.