Ragan Elisabeth Smith was born on August 8, 2000 in Snellville, Georgia to Michael and Kerry Smith. She has two younger brothers, Jackson and Hudson. Currently, Ragan is in seventh grade at Texas Virtual Academy, graduating in the spring of 2019. During her spare time, she enjoys hanging out with her friends, shopping, reading and getting her nails done.

Ragan's mom, Kerry and aunt, Kristen used to do gymnastics. Kerry was a level 10 and elite gymnast and competed for Auburn University on full scholarship. She coached gymnastics from college until 2010. Kristen was a level 10 gymnast and competed for the University of Maryland gymnastics team on full scholarship. She coached optional teams for ten years and choreographed floor routines. When Ragan's mom was coaching, she used to be in the gym with her mom so she started taking gymnastics classes (Mom & Me) at Atlanta School of Gymnastics at the age of one.


At the beginning of Ragan's competitive gymnastics career, she trained at Gymnastix Training Center under coaches Kerry Smith (her mom), David Pomerantz and Renee Freeman. After the 2009 season, Ragan moved to NorthWind Gymnastics to train under coaches Elena Piskun and Inesa Sharouskaya.

Ragan competed as a prep-optional in 2008. She won uneven bars, balance beam and the all-around at the Sterling Classic. She placed first on uneven bars, balance beam, floor exercise and in the all-around at the National Gymnastics Challenge. At the State Championships, she placed first on uneven bars and fourth in the all-around. As a level 6 gymnast in 2008, Ragan finished first on balance beam, floor exercise and the all-around at the Rocktober Challenge. She made the National TOPs Diamond Team in the fall.

In 2009, Ragan began competing as a level 7 gymnast. She finished first on uneven bars, balance beam and in the all-around at the Sterling Classic. At the Atlanta Centennial Classic, she placed first on uneven bars, balance beam, floor exercise and in the all-around. Ragan earned gold medals on uneven bars, balance beam, floor exercise and in the all-around at the Level 7 State Championships. In the fall, Ragan made the National TOPs Team.


Ragan moved up to level 8 for the 2010 season. She placed first on uneven bars, balance beam, floor exercise and in the all-around at the Atlanta Crown Invitational. She finished second on balance beam and in the all-around at the Presidential Classic. At the Mardi Gras Invitational, she won the vault and uneven bars titles. Ragan finished second in the all-around and first on uneven bars, balance beam and floor exercise at the Spring Break-Out. At the Level 8 State Championships, she placed first on balance beam and in the all-around as well as second on floor exercise. There, she qualified to the Level 8 Regionals where she placed sixth on uneven bars and eighth on balance beam.

In 2011, Ragan competed as a level 9 gymnast. She placed fourth in the all-around at the Flip Fest Invitational and fifth overall at the Metroplex Challenge. At the Tiger Paw Invitational, she finished first on uneven bars, balance beam, floor exercise and in the all-around. Ragan placed third on balance beam and floor exercise at the National Gymnastics Challenge. At the Level 9 State Championships, she finished fourth in the all-around as well as second on balance beam and floor exercise. She then placed sixth in the all-around and second on floor exercise at the Level 9 Regionals. This qualified Ragan to the Level 9 Eastern Nationals where she placed seventh in the all-around and fourth on balance beam. In June, Ragan traveled to Orlando, Florida for the Disney National Elite Qualifier where she placed fourth on beam in optionals, a portion of elite testing.

Ragan had a great season as a level 10 and hopes pre-elite gymnast in 2012. She started the season at the Ozono Invitational where she earned a silver medal on floor exercise. At the Sand Dollar Invitational, she finished fifth in the all-around and first on balance beam. She then traveled to California for the Gliders National Elite Qualifier. She easily passed compulsories and optionals in hopes pre-elite. A few weeks later, she traveled to Texas for the WOGA National Elite Qualifier. She placed first on vault, uneven bars, floor exercise and in the all-around in optionals and first overall in compulsories. At the National Gymnastics Challenge, she placed sixth in the all-around. Ragan did really well at the State Championships, finishing fourth in the all-around with a 37.300 and third on uneven bars. At the Level 10 Regionals, she finished sixth in the all-around and first on floor exercise, qualifying to the Junior Olympic Nationals. In May, Ragan returned to Texas for the American Challenge where she finished second in the all-around as well as first on balance beam and floor exercise. She competed at the JO Nationals in Hampton, VA where she finished 17th on floor exercise and 21st on vault. Ragan concluded her 2012 season at the US Challenge in Chicago, IL and finished second in the all-around and first on floor exercise.


In 2013, Ragan started the season at the Ozone Invitational, finishing first on vault and second on uneven bars. At the Mardi Gras Invitational, she placed first on vault, uneven bars, floor exercise and in the all-around. Ragan had a great meet at the City of Lights Elite Qualifier where she qualified to junior international elite! At the Level 10 State Championships, she brought home gold medals on vault and floor exercise. In July, Ragan qualified to the P&G Championships from the US National Training Camp. A few weeks later, she traveled to Chicago, IL for the Secret US Classic where she finished sixth on balance beam. She had a solid competition at the P&G Championships in Hartford, CT, finishing 17th in the all-around, tenth on balance beam and seventh on floor exercise. In October 2013, Ragan started training at Texas Dreams Gymnastics in Coppell, Texas.

Ragan trains about 36 hours per week at Texas Dreams Gymnastics in Coppell, Texas under coaches Kim Zmeskal-Burdette and Chris Burdette. She is preparing for the upcoming 2014 season where she hopes to make the US National Team.

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