Framingham Teen Earns Gold & Silver Medals at Maccabi Games

FRAMINGHAM — Ella Kent, 13 finished second in the all-around competition, second in the floor exercises, and first on balance beam at the Maccabi Games this summer.

And, her team won the gold medal at the Games.

“When you place on something or you win something, it feels really good,” says Kent of Framingham.

Kent was on a team of six juniors, all of which represented the United States. They were competing against 19 other countries and won first place.

She attends MetroWest Jewish Day School in Framingham and trains at Elite Gymnastics Academy in Ashland. There, she trains with head coaches Ivan Ivanov and Tara Pasiakos.

In the summer, she trains 25 hours a week, and sometimes extra hours are spent doing crossfit, also for gymnastics. During the school year she trains 19 hours a week.

When Kent isn’t training hard for gymnastics, she takes on her other many talents, like singing and dancing.

She says the hardest part of training for the Maccabi games was repeating the routine. Although this was hard, she had her whole family as a support team. They have been her support team for 11 years, starting when she began gymnastics at only 2 years old.

Throughout her childhood she’s tried other sports like soccer and dancing. However, gymnastics has always been the most rewarding for her.

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