Men’s Jr Olympic Team

Metropolitan Gymnastics has an AWARD WINNING J.O. Boys competitive program!  Our focus is on TEAM while challenging individual athletes to maximize their potential.  Not only do we produce Individual-event and All Around champions at the state, regional and national level, but we also have a strong history of producing collegiate athletes.  Our coaching staff consistently wins awards as well.

  • Jian Liu  Head Coach: Levels 8-10
  • PJ Chi    Men’s Program Director: Level 6 and 7
  • Eli Richardson:  Level 5 and Level 8-10 Assistant Coach
  • Karen Zediker:  Pre-Team/Boys Rec Coordinator; Level 4 Coach
  • Brett Brown:  JD Coach
  • Jocelyn Soltz:  Level 4 Assistant Coach
  • Lynn Boman: Pre-Team Coach

We offer:

  • a developmental Pre-Team program as part of our recreational program
  • Junior Olympic competitive Levels 4-10 and JD
  • opportunity for select athletes to compete in the National Future Stars program
  • participation for qualifying athletes in the USAG Junior Elite program (Junior National Team track).

Our program is active in supporting the USA men’s gymnastics as a whole by hosting and regularly attending state, regional and national coaches’ clinics. Annually we host:

  • Cold Turkey Invitational (December)
  • ICF Coaches Cup (Iron Cross Foundation).

We have hosted WA State Championships, Region 2 Championships, and have served as key volunteers fro the Pacific Rim Gymnastics Championships for the past 2 quadrennials.


2015-2016 Season

WA State Championships:

  • Level 4: 2nd place Team
  • Level 5 2nd place Team
  • Level 6 1st place Team
  • Optional 1st Place TEAM

Region 2 Championships:  Metropolitan athletes earned 87 medals and 13 Champions in Bozeman. MT.

Junior Olympic National Championships:  5 athletes qualified for the JO National Championships in Battle Creek, MI.

  • Compulsory Coaching Staff of the year (PJ Chi and Karen Zediker)
  • Optional Coach of the Year (Jian Liu)
  • Coach of the Year (Jian Liu)
  • Scott Morrow Service Award (PJ Chi).
  • In addition, the team won the Inaugural Eastside Compulsory Program competition.

2016-2017 Season

WA State Championships:

  • Level 4: 1st place Team
  • Level 5: 2nd place Team
  • Level 6: 1st place Team
  • Level 7: 1st Place Team
  • Optional 1st Place Team

Region 2 Championships:  Metropolitan athletes earned 46 Event Titles and 11 All-Around Champions

Junior Olympic National Championships:  8 National Qualifiers – One National Champion – 2 Junior National Team Members.

  • Compulsory Coaching Staff of the year (PJ Chi,  Karen Zediker, Jeff Crockett)
  • Optional Coach of the Year (Jian Liu)
  • Coach of the Year (Jian Liu)
  • 1st Place – Compulsory Team Challenge

Collegiate Athletes:

  • Konner Ackerman (University of Michigan)
  • Spencer Smith (University of Minnesota
  • Max Soifer (University of Washington)
  • Max Levy (Dennison University – Diving)
  • Evan Shimasaki (UC San Diego – Track and Field)