Briley Estée Casanova was born in Dallas, Texas on November 17, 1994, to Bev and Zelda Casanova. She was nine weeks premature and weighed 2lbs 15 ounces. Briley began gymnastics when she was 18 months old at The Little Gym. Briley joined World Olympic Gymnastic Academy in late 2000 at the age of six as a recreational gymnast on her way to level 4 competitive gymnastics. Briley was fortunate to have Valeri and Anna Liukin as her recreational and level 4 coaches.

In 2002, Briley competed as a first year level five gymnast. She finished ninth in the all-around at the Region 3 District Championships. In 2003, as a second year level 5, she finished third in the all-around at the Region 3 District Championships.

Briley moved up to level six in 2004. At the 2004 Judges Cup, Region 3 North State and Texas State Championships, Briley captured the All Around Titles. In addition to her all-around gold at the Texas State Championships, she won uneven bars and balance beam. In her last meet at Level 6, the 2005 WOGA Classic, Briley won all 4 individual events and the all around title.

After the WOGA Classic, in early 2005, Briley competed in two level 7 events and spent the rest of the year preparing for level 8. At her first L7 meet, the Excalibur Cup, she won the all-around title, finishing first on vault, uneven bars and balance beam. She advanced to level eight in 2006. At the Gymnastics in Paradise meet in Honolulu, Hawaii, Briley won vault, uneven bars and the all-around title. At Level 8 Texas State, Briley tied for the bronze medal on vault. She ended her season at Level 8 Regional's, where she placed first on uneven bars and second on vault.

Briley began competing as a Level 9 gymnast in 2007. At the Maryland Classic, she finished third in the all-around and qualified for the event finals. She finished first on uneven bars and third on floor exercise in event finals. At the WOGA Classic, Briley finished fourth in the all-around. She won bronze medals on uneven bars and balance beam. At the AOGC Invitational, Briley finished third on vault and fourth in the all-around. At the Rose City Classic, Briley finished second on vault. At the 2007 Texas State Championships, Briley won her second all-around Region 3 Texas State title! She also won uneven bars and vault. At the Level 9 Regional's, Briley finished sixth in the all-around and 1st on uneven bars. Her last meet of the season was Level 9 Westerns, where she finished second on uneven bars and tied for seventh on vault.

In 2008, Briley started her level 10 season at the Metroplex Challenge in Dallas. She took first place in the uneven bars and fourth on vault. Following the Metroplex Challenge, she competed in the WOGA Classic, where she tied for third in vault; Texas Prime where she took first on the beam and third on bars and AOGC Invitational where she tied for third all around. Due to a shoulder injury, Briley had to opt out of the Texas State Championships to be ready to compete in the Regional's via petition. Her focus on shoulder rehabilitation and conditioning paid off for her at the Regional's where she placed first in the All Around, Vault, Bars and Floor and qualified for the JO Nationals.

After Regionals and before the Junior Olympic Nationals, Briley tested for Elite status at the National Qualifier held at Texas Dreams in Coppell, TX. She successfully qualified as a Junior International Elite by compiling an overall score of 56.6 and finishing fourth overall in the Junior Division. This score qualified her for the US Classic in Houston and the Visa Nationals in Boston. In a joint decision with her coaches, Briley decided to pass on the Level 10 Junior Nationals and focus on the US Classic and Visa Nationals. She did well in her first Elite competition at the US Classic, placing eighth in the all-around and fourth on floor exercise. Briley's experience at the Visa Nationals was positive as well by finishing fifth on the beam and twelfth All Around, landing a spot on the Junior National Team. Briley concluded her 2008 season at the Massilia Gym Cup in France.

Briley started her 2009 season at three February meets beginning with the Metroplex Challenge, where she finished fifth in the all-around and third on floor exercise. At the WOGA Classic, she won a silver medal on vault and a gold medal on floor exercise. Briley and her WOGA teammates traveled to Houston, Texas for the Houston National Invitational. Briley helped her WOGA team to win the team competition. On the second day during the all-around competition, Briley finished fifth in the all-around and first on floor exercise. Briley then traveled to California for the American Classic, where she qualified for Nationals, and US Covergirl Classic, respectively. In August, Briley finished eighth in the all-around at the VISA Championships in her hometown, Dallas, Texas. Based on the results of the VISA Championships, Briley received her first international assignment to the Junior Japan International at the end of September in Yokohama, Japan. In Japan, Briley finished third in the all-around and qualified to four individual event finals. During the event finals, Briley placed third on uneven bars and fourth on balance beam.

Briley began her 2010 season as a senior international elite season at the US Covergirl Classic in Chicago, IL. There, she placed 15th in the all-around and ninth on floor exercise. She then traveled to Hartford, CT for the VISA Championships and placed 14th overall and 12th on floor exercise.

In 2011, Briley competed at the WOGA Classic placing Bronze AA in the Sr. Intl Elite. She earned a perfect 10 (10 scale) at HNI. Just prior to the qualifiers Briley disappointingly had surgery to remove scar tissue from her wrist and was unable to compete at the Classics or Visa’s that year.

In early 2012, Briley made the decision with her coaches to return to Level 10 training in order to work on her increased course work in preparation for college. She is looking forward to perfecting updated routines with challenging skills while training hard in L10.

Briley has a 15 year old brother, Cole, who is a Level 10 competitive gymnast. Cole is coached by Sergei Pakanich and trains at the WOGA Gym in Frisco, Texas.


Briley is active in her church youth group and takes great pride in helping raise funds for youth mission trips and raising awareness for the less fortunate. One of the most rewarding outreach programs she is involved in is serving meals to the homeless at Austin Street Shelter.


The National Society of High School Scholars
2010 National Honor Society Nominee
Duke TIP-Talent Search Participant
Nominated to National Young leaders State Conference
Nominated to Congressional Youth Leadership Conference

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