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Elizabeth Ioannou

Hometown: Saratoga, California
Discipline: Vaulting

At just 18-years-old Elizabeth Ioannou competes both individually and as part of the Mt. Eden A Team. Ioannou began vaulting at age seven, gaining many accolades in the short time since.

As a nine-year-old, Ioannou was the flyer on Mt. Eden’s National Champion A Team. At age 10, she was a member of the National Champion F.A.M.E. team that won the Silver medal at the 2006 FEI World Equestrian Games in Aachen, Germany.

As a member of the Mt. Eden team, Ioannou was also on the 2009 National Champion A Team.

Elizabeth Ioannou

Ioannou has also enjoyed a great deal of success vaulting individually. She was the AVA National High Point Champion at Copper (2005), Bronze (2006), and Silver (2007). Also in 2007, she was the AVA/USEF National Champion at the Silver level. She was ranked among the top 10 U.S. female vaulters the in 2008 and 2009.

2010 was a big year for Ioannou. She began her season by competing in her first individual international competition at the CVI Ermelo, finishing in eighth place. At the AVA Region II Championships, Ioannou took home top honors in the Women’s Gold Championship. She then collected a second-place finish at the Face-Off Vaulting Challenge, before ending the year with a third-place finish in the USEF/AVA National Vaulting Championship.

In 2011, Ioannou experienced more international vaulting competitions as an individual, earning respectable finishes at the CVI2* Massenhoven in Belgium and the CVIO3* Aachen in Germany. She finished fifth in the CVI2* Individual Female division at the CVI Saratoga.

Ioannou had a solid year in 2012. At the Woodside Vaulters Spring Fest, she finished third in the Women’s Gold division. She finished second in the CVI3* Individual Female division at the 2012 CVI Chilliwack in Canada. Ioannou was then named as a substitute for the 2012 U.S. Vaulting Team for the FEI World Vaulting Championship.

2013 was a stellar year for Ioannou, starting things off with a second-place finish at Vault into Spring. She then scored three Women’s Gold division wins in a row at Great Falls Vaulters and Topaz Vaulters Spring Fest, Garrod’s Spring Classic, and Woodside Vaulters Spring Fest. At the Pacific Cup Ioannou came in fourth in the CVI3* Individual Female division. She was second in the AVA Region II Championship, before going on to win the USEF/AVA National Vaulting Championship

Ioannou is still performing strongly into 2014. She kicked the year off with a third-place finish at the Mozart Memorial Vaulting Classic. She then had three back-to-back second-place finishes at the Pacific Cup CVI3*, Garrod’s Spring Classic, and CVI3* Chilliwack. She was eighth in the Individual Female division at CVIO3* Aachen. At the USEF/AVA National Vaulting Championship, she was third in the Women’s Gold Championship.

Ioannou is a freshman at the University of California, Los Angeles. When she is not training or doing schoolwork, she enjoys shopping, scary movies, and the occasional donut. She trains with Emma Seely.

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