Emily Bates was born on July 16, 1995. She trained at Central California Gymnastics Institute, CCGI, in Visalia, California, where she was coached by Link and Donna Franzini. She graduated from high school in 2013.
In the spring of 2003, Emily competed level four. She won floor at the Ice Breaker meet. She competed level five in the fall. She won vault at the Tri-Valley Invite. At the Zone Championships, she won all five gold medals. She finished second on floor at the State Championships. In 2005, Emily competed level seven. She finished in the top ten at the State Championships. She moved up to level eight in 2006. She finished third on beam at the Mardi Gras Invitational. She competed at both the State and Regional Championships. In 2007, she finished first on beam at the State Championships. She placed in the top ten at Regionals. Emily moved up to level nine in 2008. She placed second all-around at the Tachi Palace Invitational. She finished third all-around at both the Go For It Classic and AOGC Invitational. She finished in the top ten at the State Championships. Emily competed at Regionals.
Emily continued competing level nine in 2009. She won beam at the Tachi Palace Invitational. She placed third all-around at the Long Beach Open. At the State Championships, she finished fourth all-around. She won bars at Regionals. At Westerns, she placed third on bars and beam. She finished fifth all-around. Emily competed level ten in 2010. She finished in the top ten at the Lady Luck Invitational, Tachi Palace Invitational and Battle in Seattle. In November, Emily tore a ligament in her hip due to her bones being shaped incorrectly. She fully recovered for the 2012 season. She finished third on bars at the State Championships. At Regionals, she finished 13th all-around. In 2013, Emily finished third on bars at the Byers Invitational and Delta Classic. She finished in the top ten at the State Championships. At Regionals, she placed third on bars and 14th all-around.
As a freshman at Arkansas in 2014, Emily did not compete. She retired after the 2014 season and began pole vaulting.
2015: Arkansas Track & Field Team Member
2014: Arkansas Gymnastics Team Member
2013: L10 Regional- 3rd UB
2012: L10 State- 3rd UB
2009: L9 Westerns- 5th AA
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