Fans welcome to meet the 2012 gymnastics team Saturday at 6 p.m. ET in Memorial Coliseum
2010 (Denver): Began collegiate career at the University of Denver, but only competed as an exhibition during her freshman season ... Left after the season and did not compete collegiately in 2011, but worked hard in her private gym to get back in Division I gymnastics.
Pre-College: Competed for New England Gymnastics Express in Newington, Conn., under Maureen Chagnon and Blane Jefferson ... Finished third at regionals in 2011 and was a Junior Olympic National qualifier in 2011 ... Earned the 2006 Level 10 state championships in vault, beam and all-around competition ... Was a regional qualifier in 2006 on top of being the state floor and all-around champion in 2007 and 2008 ... Junior Olympic National qualifier in 2007, while she was a Region VI qualifier in 2008, finishing fifth on bars.
Personal: Full name is Elizabeth Irene Ames ... Parents are Ken and Erica Ames ... Has one brother, Matt, who is 18 ... Graduate of Wethersfield High School ... Native of Wethersfield, Conn. ... Plans on majoring in exercise science.