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ZENG Laura
United States of America
USA
Title
Ms
Lastname
ZENG
Firstname
Laura
Gender
female
Country
United States of America
Place of birth
Hartford, CT
Year of birth
1999 (22 y.o.)
Discipline(s)
Rhythmic Gymnastics
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Occupation
Student
Education
Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA
Spoken languages
English, Mandarin
International senior debut
2015 for United States, Grand Prix in Moscow, Russia (nbcolympics.com, 23 Mar 2016)
Start sporting career
She took up rhythmic gymnastics at age seven under coach Natalia Klimouk at the North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics club in Deerfield, IL, United States of America. (chicagotribune.com, 25 Sep 2015; teamusa.org, 24 Jun 2015)
Reason for taking up the sport
As a child she swam and took classes in ballet and Chinese folk dance until a friend from her dance class introduced her to rhythmic gymnastics. "I was drawn to the performance aspect, as I was a dancer and I loved performing for the audience. And the musicality and being able to express myself while also being able to do equipment handling also really appealed to me." (nbcolympics.com, 23 Mar 2016; chicagotribune.com, 05 Dec 2015; suntimeshighschoolsports.com, 06 Aug 2014)
Milestones
Her 11th-place finish in the individual all-around event at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro is the joint-highest individual finish by a US rhythmic gymnast at the Games. (olympics.nbcsports.com, 19 Dec 2018; SportsDeskOnline, 29 Aug 2018)

She became the first US rhythmic gymnast to win a medal at a World Cup event after she claimed bronze medals in the hoop and ribbon at the 2016 event in Minsk, Belarus. (teamusa.org, 22 May 2016; SportsDeskOnline, 29 Aug 2018)
Hero / Idol
Russian rhythmic gymnast Yana Kudryavtseva. (nbcolympics.com, 23 Mar 2016)
Rituals
Before competing she likes to eat dark chocolate and rub her two lucky charms, a souvenir given to her by her father and a hand-made key chain. (teamusa.org, 08 Jul 2018)
Philosophy / Motto
"It's the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting." (dailyherald.com, 11 Sep 2015)
Awards
In 2017 she was named USA Gymnastics Athlete of the Year for rhythmic gymnastics. (usagym.org, 01 Jul 2017)
Additional information
General
RETIREMENT
She announced her retirement from the sport in January 2022. "It's time to close a chapter. And at the end of the day, what I feel mostly is gratitude. I am thankful for the unique life I've lived doing this sport, and all the things I learned about myself along the way. I earned my opportunities, and I took responsibility for my struggles. A life of dedication narrows your focus but also limits your understanding of success. It demands as much, if not more, than it often affords. I am so excited to now freely explore the future outside of any boundary or definition. I don't consider myself done; rather, I am open to change, and ready to move forward." (Instagram profile, 23 Jan 2022)

SANCTION
She was banned for six months between October 2018 and April 2019 after testing positive for the banned substance acetazolamide. The United States Anti-Doping Agency [USADA] issued a six-month ban after she provided evidence that she had ingested the substance as part of altitude sickness medication prescribed to her by her parents. (usada.org, 19 Dec 2018; france24.com, 19 Dec 2018; olympics.nbcsports.com, 19 Dec 2018)

DANCE BACKGROUND
She has been involved in ballet since childhood. In 2013 and 2014 she earned scholarships to do intensive sessions with professional ballet companies including Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle, WA, United States of America. She also credits part of her rhythmic gymnastics style to her Chinese folk dancing background. "Chinese dancing is definitely a huge part of my career and a strong basis for my style and foundation. It's something that I feel that's in me. Ballet is a great foundation for rhythmic and helps me improve my technique." (nbcolympics.com, 23 Mar 2016; dailyherald.com, 09 Nov 2015; teamusa.org, 24 Jun 2015; dailyherald.com, 11 Sep 2015; chicagotribune.com, 05 Dec 2015)

FAMILY
She was born in the United States of America to Chinese parents, who moved to the country in the 1990s. She met her extended Chinese family while competing at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, People's Republic of China. "I am the first of my family to be born in America. My parents came here about 20 years ago. When I was six, I went back to China and met my relatives, but it had been a long time so it was very cool when they came and watched me [in Nanjing]." (nbcolympics.com, 23 Mar 2016; dailyherald.com, 09 Nov 2015; dailyherald.com, 11 Sep 2015)

Last update : 2022-07-20

Olympic Games

2021 - Games of the XXXII Olympiad TOKYO (JPN)

Individual All-Around
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
13
Score Qualif.
91.400 

2016 - Games of the XXXI Olympiad RIO DE JANEIRO (BRA)

Individual All-Around
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
11
Score Qualif.
69.841 
Youth Olympic Games

2014 - Youth Olympic Games of the II Olympiad NANJING (CHN)

Individual All-Around
Rank Final
3
Score Final
56.750 
Rank Qualif.
2
Score Qualif.
57.375 
The World Games

2017 - 10th The World Games 2017 WROCLAW (POL)

Hoop
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
14
Score Qualif.
14.900
Ball
Rank Final
7
Score Final
15.350
Rank Qualif.
8
Score Qualif.
16.200
Clubs
Rank Final
5
Score Final
16.000
Rank Qualif.
4
Score Qualif.
16.500
Ribbon
Rank Final
7
Score Final
15.200
Rank Qualif.
5
Score Qualif.
15.025
World Championships

2019 - 37th FIG Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships BAKU (AZE)

Individual All-Around
Rank Final
10
Score Final
81.850 
Rank Qualif.
13
Score Qualif.
62.250 
Hoop
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
14
Score Qualif.
20.700
Ball
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
12
Score Qualif.
20.400
Clubs
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
11
Score Qualif.
21.150
Ribbon
Rank Final
5
Score Final
19.300
Rank Qualif.
9
Score Qualif.
19.400
Team
Rank Final
7
Score Final
163.150
Rank Qualif.
-
Score Qualif.
-

2018 - 36th FIG Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships SOFIA (BUL)

Individual All-Around
Rank Final
8
Score Final
73.250 
Rank Qualif.
11
Score Qualif.
55.350 
Hoop
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
12
Score Qualif.
18.650
Ball
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
11
Score Qualif.
18.500
Clubs
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
9
Score Qualif.
18.200
Ribbon
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
12
Score Qualif.
16.650
Team
Rank Final
7
Score Final
140.925
Rank Qualif.
-
Score Qualif.
-

2017 - 35th FIG Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships PESARO (ITA)

Individual All-Around
Rank Final
6
Score Final
68.250 
Rank Qualif.
6
Score Qualif.
67.200 
Hoop
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
9
Score Qualif.
16.950
Ball
Rank Final
6
Score Final
17.050
Rank Qualif.
6
Score Qualif.
17.000
Clubs
Rank Final
6
Score Final
17.050
Rank Qualif.
7
Score Qualif.
17.000
Ribbon
Rank Final
5
Score Final
16.200
Rank Qualif.
5
Score Qualif.
16.250

2015 - 34th FIG Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships STUTTGART (GER)

Individual All-Around
Rank Final
8
Score Final
70.416 
Rank Qualif.
11
Score Qualif.
52.500 
Hoop
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
10
Score Qualif.
17.500
Ball
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
14
Score Qualif.
17.233
Clubs
Rank Final
7
Score Final
17.666
Rank Qualif.
8
Score Qualif.
17.700
Ribbon
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
14
Score Qualif.
17.300
Team
Rank Final
9
Score Final
135.557
Rank Qualif.
-
Score Qualif.
-
Continental Championships

2018 - 2018 Senior Pan American Championships LIMA (PER)

Individual All-Around
Rank Final
1
Score Final
71.800 
Rank Qualif.
-
Score Qualif.
-
Rope
Rank Final
1
Score Final
18.200
Rank Qualif.
1
Score Qualif.
18.850
Hoop
Rank Final
1
Score Final
19.250
Rank Qualif.
1
Score Qualif.
18.550
Ball
Rank Final
1
Score Final
18.200
Rank Qualif.
1
Score Qualif.
18.850
Clubs
Rank Final
1
Score Final
18.600
Rank Qualif.
1
Score Qualif.
19.200
Ribbon
Rank Final
1
Score Final
16.550
Rank Qualif.
4
Score Qualif.
15.200
Team
Rank Final
1
Score Final
169.400
Rank Qualif.
-
Score Qualif.
-
World Cup qualifying for OG

2021 - FIG World Cup 2021 PESARO (ITA)

Individual All-Around
Rank Final
7
Score Final
96.425 
Rank Qualif.
-
Score Qualif.
-
Hoop
Rank Final
6
Score Final
24.900
Rank Qualif.
6
Score Qualif.
24.550
Ball
Rank Final
7
Score Final
25.750
Rank Qualif.
7
Score Qualif.
25.650
Clubs
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
16
Score Qualif.
23.975
Ribbon
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
9
Score Qualif.
22.250

2021 - FIG World Cup 2021 BAKU (AZE)

Individual All-Around
Rank Final
9
Score Final
91.500 
Rank Qualif.
-
Score Qualif.
-
Hoop
Rank Final
6
Score Final
24.450
Rank Qualif.
7
Score Qualif.
23.800
Ball
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
13
Score Qualif.
24.050
Clubs
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
10
Score Qualif.
23.900
Ribbon
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
19
Score Qualif.
19.750

2021 - FIG World Cup 2021 TASHKENT (UZB)

Individual All-Around
Rank Final
12
Score Final
87.900 
Rank Qualif.
-
Score Qualif.
-
Hoop
Rank Final
7
Score Final
21.800
Rank Qualif.
5
Score Qualif.
23.400
Ball
Rank Final
8
Score Final
21.150
Rank Qualif.
8
Score Qualif.
23.750
Clubs
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
27
Score Qualif.
21.100
Ribbon
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
14
Score Qualif.
19.650

2021 - FIG World Cup 2021 SOFIA (BUL)

Individual All-Around
Rank Final
7
Score Final
90.200 
Rank Qualif.
-
Score Qualif.
-
Hoop
Rank Final
6
Score Final
21.800
Rank Qualif.
5
Score Qualif.
23.700
Ball
Rank Final
8
Score Final
20.300
Rank Qualif.
7
Score Qualif.
23.100
Clubs
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
10
Score Qualif.
23.500
Ribbon
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
13
Score Qualif.
19.900
World / Challenge Cup

2019 - FIG World Challenge Cup 2019 PORTIMAO (POR)

Individual All-Around
Rank Final
6
Score Final
78.100 
Rank Qualif.
-
Score Qualif.
-
Hoop
Rank Final
7
Score Final
20.650
Rank Qualif.
7
Score Qualif.
20.300
Ball
Rank Final
7
Score Final
20.300
Rank Qualif.
6
Score Qualif.
20.250
Clubs
Rank Final
7
Score Final
19.800
Rank Qualif.
6
Score Qualif.
19.750
Ribbon
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
10
Score Qualif.
17.800

2019 - FIG World Challenge Cup 2019 CLUJ-NAPOCA (ROU)

Individual All-Around
Rank Final
10
Score Final
78.000 
Rank Qualif.
-
Score Qualif.
-
Hoop
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
19
Score Qualif.
18.400
Ball
Rank Final
8
Score Final
19.200
Rank Qualif.
6
Score Qualif.
20.750
Clubs
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
11
Score Qualif.
20.150
Ribbon
Rank Final
7
Score Final
17.100
Rank Qualif.
8
Score Qualif.
18.700

2019 - FIG World Challenge Cup 2019 GUADALAJARA (ESP)

Individual All-Around
Rank Final
6
Score Final
75.000 
Rank Qualif.
-
Score Qualif.
-
Hoop
Rank Final
4
Score Final
18.600
Rank Qualif.
4
Score Qualif.
20.100
Ball
Rank Final
5
Score Final
18.550
Rank Qualif.
7
Score Qualif.
19.200
Clubs
Rank Final
8
Score Final
15.850
Rank Qualif.
7
Score Qualif.
19.300
Ribbon
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
9
Score Qualif.
16.400

2019 - FIG World Cup 2019 BAKU (AZE)

Individual All-Around
Rank Final
19
Score Final
71.350 
Rank Qualif.
-
Score Qualif.
-
Hoop
Rank Final
3
Score Final
20.350
Rank Qualif.
6
Score Qualif.
19.850
Ball
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
15
Score Qualif.
18.400
Clubs
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
13
Score Qualif.
18.550
Ribbon
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
45
Score Qualif.
14.550

2019 - FIG World Cup 2019 TASHKENT (UZB)

Individual All-Around
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
8
Score Qualif.
70.550 
Hoop
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
10
Score Qualif.
17.750
Ball
Rank Final
6
Score Final
17.550
Rank Qualif.
3
Score Qualif.
19.150
Clubs
Rank Final
8
Score Final
17.950
Rank Qualif.
8
Score Qualif.
18.150
Ribbon
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
9
Score Qualif.
15.500

2018 - FIG World Challenge Cup 2018 KAZAN (RUS)

Individual All-Around
Rank Final
9
Score Final
69.150 
Rank Qualif.
-
Score Qualif.
-
Clubs
Rank Final
5
Score Final
18.100
Rank Qualif.
7
Score Qualif.
17.950

2018 - FIG BSB Bank World Challenge Cup 2018 MINSK (BLR)

Individual All-Around
Rank Final
13
Score Final
66.400 
Rank Qualif.
-
Score Qualif.
-
Hoop
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
10
Score Qualif.
17.400
Ball
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
11
Score Qualif.
17.800
Clubs
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
16
Score Qualif.
16.950
Ribbon
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
22
Score Qualif.
14.250

2018 - FIG World Cup 2018 BAKU (AZE)

Individual All-Around
Rank Final
5
Score Final
64.550 
Rank Qualif.
-
Score Qualif.
-
Hoop
Rank Final
3
Score Final
17.350
Rank Qualif.
4
Score Qualif.
17.050
Ball
Rank Final
8
Score Final
14.900
Rank Qualif.
7
Score Qualif.
16.050
Clubs
Rank Final
5
Score Final
16.450
Rank Qualif.
5
Score Qualif.
16.350
Ribbon
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
9
Score Qualif.
15.100

2017 - FIG World Challenge Cup 2017 KAZAN (RUS)

Individual All-Around
Rank Final
11
Score Final
62.150 
Rank Qualif.
-
Score Qualif.
-

2017 - FIG World Challenge Cup 2017 GUADALAJARA (ESP)

Individual All-Around
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
10
Score Qualif.
63.200 
Hoop
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
9
Score Qualif.
16.250
Ball
Rank Final
6
Score Final
15.650
Rank Qualif.
7
Score Qualif.
15.700
Clubs
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
13
Score Qualif.
16.100
Ribbon
Rank Final
5
Score Final
15.900
Rank Qualif.
8
Score Qualif.
15.150

2017 - FIG World Cup 2017 PESARO (ITA)

Individual All-Around
Rank Final
4
Score Final
67.900 
Rank Qualif.
-
Score Qualif.
-
Hoop
Rank Final
3
Score Final
17.150
Rank Qualif.
3
Score Qualif.
17.450
Ball
Rank Final
7
Score Final
16.700
Rank Qualif.
6
Score Qualif.
16.850
Clubs
Rank Final
3
Score Final
16.900
Rank Qualif.
4
Score Qualif.
17.250
Ribbon
Rank Final
7
Score Final
15.150
Rank Qualif.
4
Score Qualif.
16.350

2016 - World Cup 2016 Cat. B AGF Trophy BAKU (AZE)

Individual All-Around
Rank Final
11
Score Final
70.350 
Rank Qualif.
-
Score Qualif.
-
Hoop
Rank Final
5
Score Final
18.250
Rank Qualif.
5
Score Qualif.
18.150
Ball
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
22
Score Qualif.
15.550
Clubs
Rank Final
5
Score Final
18.300
Rank Qualif.
5
Score Qualif.
18.300
Ribbon
Rank Final
6
Score Final
18.150
Rank Qualif.
6
Score Qualif.
18.350

2016 - World Cup 2016 Cat. B KAZAN (RUS)

Individual All-Around
Rank Final
11
Score Final
70.900 
Rank Qualif.
-
Score Qualif.
-
Hoop
Rank Final
6
Score Final
17.900
Rank Qualif.
8
Score Qualif.
18.100
Ball
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
25
Score Qualif.
16.950
Clubs
Rank Final
5
Score Final
18.050
Rank Qualif.
7
Score Qualif.
18.100
Ribbon
Rank Final
5
Score Final
17.100
Rank Qualif.
11
Score Qualif.
17.750

2016 - BSB Bank World Cup 2016 Cat. B MINSK (BLR)

Individual All-Around
Rank Final
7
Score Final
70.850 
Rank Qualif.
-
Score Qualif.
-
Hoop
Rank Final
3
Score Final
18.050
Rank Qualif.
4
Score Qualif.
18.050
Ball
Rank Final
4
Score Final
18.000
Rank Qualif.
7
Score Qualif.
17.800
Clubs
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
14
Score Qualif.
17.000
Ribbon
Rank Final
3
Score Final
18.050
Rank Qualif.
4
Score Qualif.
18.000

2016 - World Cup 2016 Cat. B PESARO (ITA)

Individual All-Around
Rank Final
19
Score Final
69.150 
Rank Qualif.
-
Score Qualif.
-
Hoop
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
17
Score Qualif.
17.250
Ball
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
12
Score Qualif.
17.700
Clubs
Rank Final
7
Score Final
16.850
Rank Qualif.
8
Score Qualif.
17.750
Ribbon
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
34
Score Qualif.
16.450

2016 - World Cup 2016 Cat. B LISBON (POR)

Individual All-Around
Rank Final
7
Score Final
70.150 
Rank Qualif.
-
Score Qualif.
-
Hoop
Rank Final
8
Score Final
17.500
Rank Qualif.
5
Score Qualif.
17.600
Ball
Rank Final
5
Score Final
17.550
Rank Qualif.
6
Score Qualif.
17.700
Clubs
Rank Final
8
Score Final
16.650
Rank Qualif.
6
Score Qualif.
17.550
Ribbon
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
11
Score Qualif.
17.300

2015 - World Cup 2015 Cat. B KAZAN (RUS)

Individual All-Around
Rank Final
10
Score Final
68.750 
Rank Qualif.
-
Score Qualif.
-
Hoop
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
12
Score Qualif.
17.350
Ball
Rank Final
8
Score Final
15.250
Rank Qualif.
7
Score Qualif.
17.400
Clubs
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
18
Score Qualif.
16.900
Ribbon
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
12
Score Qualif.
17.100

2015 - World Cup 2015 Cat. B SOFIA (BUL)

Individual All-Around
Rank Final
15
Score Final
68.750 
Rank Qualif.
-
Score Qualif.
-
Hoop
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
16
Score Qualif.
17.150
Ball
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
16
Score Qualif.
17.200
Clubs
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
13
Score Qualif.
17.200
Ribbon
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
14
Score Qualif.
17.200

2015 - World Cup 2015 Cat. B PESARO (ITA)

Individual All-Around
Rank Final
11
Score Final
68.400 
Rank Qualif.
-
Score Qualif.
-
Ribbon
Rank Final
7
Score Final
16.950
Rank Qualif.
8
Score Qualif.
17.200

2015 - World Cup 2015 Cat. B LISBON (POR)

Individual All-Around
Rank Final
14
Score Final
66.850 
Rank Qualif.
-
Score Qualif.
-
Hoop
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
10
Score Qualif.
17.100
Ball
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
16
Score Qualif.
16.750
Clubs
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
18
Score Qualif.
16.350
Ribbon
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
20
Score Qualif.
16.650