Grace Personified – McCallum Ready to Shine for the Red Rocks
By Christy Sandmaier
December 17, 2021
Grace McCallum laughs a lot more now.
Donned in a cozy red team fleece as a freshman for the 10-time National Champion Utah Red Rocks, I immediately noticed a new ease and confidence in her approach to gymnastics and life following Tokyo and in just the very short time she’s had to adjust to college life. And it’s only the beginning of limitless possibilities and opportunities she’ll have on and off the floor as a student athlete for a program dynasty defined by a tradition of excellence .
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Dreams CAN come true!
"Words cannot even begin to express how proud I am of this young lady! Grace, you have taught me so much over the years and continue to amaze so many of the people in your life. To become an Olympian, it takes much more than exceptional talent. It starts with a dream and requires an unbelievable work ethic, holding yourself to the highest standards possible, a never give up attitude, a strong support system and perfect timing. To add to this challenge, you have to perform when it matters the most and you did just that! The fact that you have defied the odds and battled through so many challenges throughout the years to be make your dreams come a reality is beyond inspiring! One of my favorite parts about you earning this spot on the team to Tokyo, is that you 100% deserve it!! Name a quality any coach or parent values…you’ve got it! Kind, smart, humble, I could go on and on…but my point is that good things happen to good people! Grace keep being you, THE AMAZING GRACE!"
- Steve Hafeman, Coach/Owner TCT, Facebook Post 6/28/21
Olympic Trials!! Watch Grace and all the other amazing athletes compete for a spot on the Olympics Team. Details, videos, photos HERE
"Olympic Trials bound!! So proud of this girl! She is not where she wants to be yet, but one step closer. When she injured her hand at the end of January and had numerous set backs we didn’t know if trials would be in the cards or not. So I am beyond proud of this huge accomplishment for her and know she still has a lot more inside her to give. 7th all around and 3rd on beam is pretty impressive. Proud of you always, Grace. Love you!"
- Sandy O'Keefe McCallum, Facebook post 6/8/21
Flogymnastics.com | May 17, 2021 | by Miranda Martin
Grace McCallum is no stranger to battling the odds and overcoming insurmountable challenges. She’s become the conqueror of them.
Many have favored the superstar gymnast to make the 2021 Olympic team since she launched onto the senior scene in 2018 and won gold in the all-around and team finals at Pacific Rim Championships as well as silver on vault and floor.
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Three words the other girls on the national team would use to describe her:
Kind, Welcoming, Positive
Hobbies outside the gym: Spending time with family, hiking, being outside
Favorite Animal: Dog
Favorite Color: Light Pink
Favorite Food: Fruit
Someone she’s always texting: Mom and Jade Carey
Gymnastics Idol: Shawn Johnson and Nastia Liukin
Check out this cool video from the Olympic Channel! (June2020)
Grace McCallum won a coin flip after catastrophe. Then she became one of the world’s best gymnasts. Read the article HERE.
NBC Sports article, by Nick Zaccardi, June 4, 2020
Cancelled due to COVID
Twin City Twister, Grace McCallum, was scheduled to represent the United States at the 2020 Gymnastics World Cup, at Arena Birmingham on March 28th, 2020.
“One to watch in the women’s event is sure to be Grace McCallum from the US. She’s been a key figure in the American team at each of the last two world championship, helping them secure gold at both. She’ll be aiming to top the podium, and to impress ahead of selection for the 2020 Olympics this Summer.” - British-Gymnastics.org.
STUTTGART, Germany, Oct. 8 -- In claiming their fifth consecutive World team title Tuesday afternoon, the American women continued a golden streak that dates back to 2011. And if the performance wasn’t entirely flawless, it was a testament to the team’s resilience that errors on uneven bars and balance beam didn’t derail Simone Biles, Jade Carey, Kara Eaker, Sunisa Lee and Grace McCallum from attaining their ultimate goal.
By Blythe Lawrence
DOHA, Qatar, Oct. 28: In taking their fourth consecutive World team title Tuesday night in Doha, Qatar, Simone Biles, Kara Eaker, Morgan Hurd, Grace McCallum and Riley McCusker also took their place among the growing pantheon of the great American women's gymnastics teams.
What will set them apart in the collective memory is that this talented young squad captured the gold by 8.766 points, their largest-ever margin of victory at a World Championships or Olympic Games, as they extended a golden streak that is the envy of the gymnastics world. In a team competition completely dominated by the Americans, Russia finished a distant second, China third.
It was a very happy birthday for McCallum, who rocked solid routines on vault and floor on her sweet 16. "I felt more comfortable for sure, and I knew what to do and how to stay calm," McCallum said. "It's definitely really cool. I thought that team finals is the perfect day: It's super fun and it's all about the team."
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Link to Grace's videos: HERE
Program: Women's Artistic
Current Residence: Isanti, MN
Club: Twin City Twisters
Head Coach: Sarah Jantzi
Other Coaches: Mike Hunger, Sami Wozney, Steve Hafeman
About Grace McCallum
Birthplace: Cambridge, MN
Hometown: Isanti, MN
YouTube: YouTube.com/Grace McCallum
Year in School: Sophomore
Name of High School: Connections Academy
High School Graduation Year: 2021
College Graduation Year: 2025
Year you began gymnastics: 2006
Favorite Event: All
How did you get involved in gymnastics: When I was little I would be climbing all over the walls of my house, so my parents needed something for me to do to burn off all my energy.
Favorite thing about gymnastics: I love knowing that there is always room to improve. Learning new skills is always fun too.
What are your goals for gymnastics?: Being on the national team and going to the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
Names of parents/guardians/spouse: Sandra & Edward McCallum
Names of sibling(s): Rachael, Madelyn, Joseph, John, Xavier
Interests Outside The Gym
Favorite school subject: History
Hobbies or favorite activities: Going to the lake with family and friends.
Favorite music: I like all music
Favorite book(s): Crazy Rich Asians
Favorite movie(s): Five Feet Apart
Favorite TV show(s): Dancing with the stars
Favorite Food: Pesto Chicken
National Competition Results
International Competition Results