Share Share: July 25, 2016 August 5, 2016 Olympian in the making: Madison Kocian She says, "I loved hanging on bars and using my strength to do pullovers when I was young." Madison Kocian was born on June 15, 1997 in Dallas, Texas. Her parents put her in gymnastics classes because she kept climbing out of her crib. She says, “I loved hanging on bars and using my strength to do pullovers when I was young.” Kocian preparing for school. Her younger brother, Ty, currently attends the alma mater of golfer Jordan Spieth. Kocian is a passionate fan of the Texas Rangers. Kocian at her gym, World Olympics Gymnastics Academy (WOGA). WOGA is owned by Nastia Liukin’s father, Valeri Liukin. Young Kocian on the balance beam. Kocian with her younger brother and one of the family dogs. Kocian demonstrates the splits in her living room. Kocian on the uneven bars, her best event. Kocian was the national champion on uneven bars in 2015. Kocian with Nastia Liukin, who she says is like a big sister to her. Kocian with a dolphin on a family vacation. Kocian does a sheep jump on the balance beam. Kocian plans to attend UCLA and compete in NCAA gymnastics after the Olympics. Kocian’s first world championship medal was a team gold in 2014. Kocian with her family at her high school graduation. Kocian was a co-champion on bars at the 2015 Worlds. Kocian trained alongside Nastia Liukin as a child, and has won three world championship gold medals.