Julie Ashley Zetlin (born June 30, 1990) is a veteran elite rhythmic gymnast who is the 2010 U.S. Senior National Champion in Rhythmic Gymnastics.[1] In February 2012, the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) awarded Zetlin a wild-card berth to compete at the 2012 Summer Games in London, England.

Personal life

Zetlin is Jewish,[2] and her mother Zsuzsi is a former Hungarian national champion in the sport.[3]


Zetlin began rhythmic gymnastics instruction at the age of four.[4] She has been a member of the U.S. junior and senior national rhythmic gymnastics teams since 2004.[1] She trains with longtime coach Olga Kutuzova at Capital Rhythmics in Darnestown, Maryland.[5]

Junior career

In her final year as a junior competitor, Zetlin placed second all-around at 2005 Junior U.S. National Championships in Indianapolis, Indiana, and she won the junior titles on rope, hoop, clubs and ribbon.[1] In 2002, she competed in her first Junior Nationals in Cleveland, Ohio, where she placed 12th all-around.[1] At 2004 Junior Nationals in Nashville, Tennessee, she placed second in the all-around, rope, clubs and ribbon, as well as third in ball.[1]

Senior career

In 2006, her first year in senior competition, she finished fourth all-around at 2006 Nationals in St. Paul, Minnesota, and she placed first in rope and clubs.[4] She also placed fifth all-around and fourth in rope at the 2006 Pacific Alliance Championships in Honolulu, Hawaii, where the U.S. captured the team gold medal.[1] She notched a third-place finish in the all-around at 2007 Nationals in San Jose, California, where she won ribbon, placed second in hoop and placed third in ribbon and clubs.[1]

Zetlin placed fourth all-around at 2008 Nationals in Houston, Texas, where she earned third-place finishes in rope, clubs, and ribbon.[1] At 2009 Nationals in Dallas, Texas, Zetlin placed third in the all-around, rope, ribbon and ball, and she earned a fourth-place finish in hoop.[6]

Zetlin placed 23rd all-around (99.025) at the 2010 World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships in Moscow, Russia, where she became the first U.S gymnast to advance to the world all-around finals since Mary Sanders in 2003.[7] At the 2010 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, Zetlin won the all-around, rope and ball, and she placed third in ribbon. The U.S. also earned the team silver medal in rhythmic gymnastics.[1]

She captured the all-around title at the 2010 U.S. National Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships, along with first-place finishes in hoop, ball and ribbon. She earned a second-place finish in rope.[1]

In September 2011, Zetlin was named to the U.S. team for the 2011 Rhythmic World Championships, which took place during September in Montpellier, France.She was the top finisher from the continent, therefore she is top contention for the wildcard for the 2012 Olympic Games.[8] At the 2011 Pan-American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico during October, Zetlin captured gold medals in the all-around, ball and ribbon.[9]

She was awarded a wild card as the highest ranked gymnast from the Americas at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London; she placed 21st in the qualifications and did not advance into the finals.


On December 15, 2015, it was announced that Zetlin had been inducted as a 2016 class of the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame.[10]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Bio: Julie Zetlin, USA Gymnastics". usa-gymnastics.org. Retrieved September 12, 2011. 
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  3. ^ "Profile: Julie Zetlin". teamusa.org. USA Gymnastics. Retrieved September 12, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b Katie Carrera (July 14, 2007). "Just 17, Zetlin Is at the Head of the Class". The Washington Post. Retrieved September 12, 2011. 
  5. ^ "About Us". Capital Rhythmics. Retrieved September 12, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Julie Zetlin profile". shadeglobal.com. Shade Global. Retrieved September 12, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Zetlin competes in World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships all-around finals". teamusa.org. USA Gymnastics. September 24, 2010. Retrieved September 12, 2011. 
  8. ^ Amanda Turner (September 23, 2011). "Kanayeva Captures All-Around Gold for Second World Sweep". InternationalGymnast.com. Retrieved September 24, 2011. 
  9. ^ "2011 Pan American Games Concludes With 18 U.S. Medals". press release. USA Gymnastics. October 30, 2011. 
  10. ^ https://usagym.org/pages/post.html?PostID=17740&prog=