Share Share: July 14, 2016 Model Olympian: Madison Kocian Her first gymnastics memory was having her fifth birthday party at a local gym. Madison Kocian will be making her Olympic debut at the 2016 Rio Olympics. The 19-year-old artistic gymnast was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. Her first gymnastics memory was having her fifth birthday party at a local gym. She trains at the same Texas gym that produced Carly Patterson and Nastia Liukin. She competed at the 2014 and 2015 World Championships. She’s won three world championships gold medals. Kocian won team gold with the U.S. women at the 2014 and 2015 Worlds, and uneven bars gold in a four-way tie at the 2015 Worlds. Uneven bars is her strongest event and where she’s expected to contribute most to Team USA in Rio. Kocian says her parents have been her biggest supporters through her gymnastics career. Kocian trained alongside Nastia Liukin before the 2008 Olympics, where Liukin won all-around gold, and says, “She’s been like a big sister to me.” She has committed to compete collegiately at UCLA after the Olympics. She says it’s her dream to throw out the first pitch at a Texas Rangers game. Kocian describes training for the Olympics as “a rollercoaster journey that requires working hard every day and maintaining a positive attitude.” She says of gymnastics, “Many people don’t see all the crashes and face plants that happen in the gym when we’re learning new skills. Sometimes all you can do is just laugh about it.” One of her lucky charms is a keychain that says “faith,” which her mom gave her before the 2015 Worlds. Watch Madison Kocian at the Rio Olympics starting with the qualifications round on Sunday, August 7th. Kocian and the U.S. women will next compete in the team final on Tuesday, August 9th. If Kocian qualifies for the uneven bars final, she’ll compete in the event final on Sunday, Aug. 14. Madison Kocian is one of the U.S.’ best gymnasts on the uneven bars.