Hong Headed to The Farm
STANFORD, Calif. – The consensus top recruit in this year's signing class has elected to take his talents to The Farm, as Asher Hong (Tomball, Texas / Cypress Academy) signed a National Letter of Intent with Stanford and will join the two-time defending national champion men's gymnastics program in the fall of 2022.
"Asher is quite an exceptional talent," Stanford men's gymnastics head coach Thom Glielmi said. "He's an athlete you see once in a generation. There are great things on the horizon for Asher, but what I am more pleased with, or I guess relieved about – he fits with our team culture. He's hard working, coachable, and basically an athlete that will bring more to the team than just a score. I feel comfortable saying that the team culture is likely a big reason why Asher chose Stanford. I am excited for him, excited for the team, and excited for program."
Hong, who guided his team to a first-place finish at the 2021 Elite Team Cup, ran away with the junior all-around title at the Winter Cup, earning a score of 80.700, and posted individual event titles on floor exercise, pommel horse, rings and parallel bars.
In 2020, he finished second in all-around at the Winter Cup Challenge, and first in team at the Elite Cup. Hong is a three-time all-around champion at the Men's Junior Olympic National Championships and took first in pommel horse at the JO Championships in 2016 before finishing atop the podium on pommel horse, still rings and high bar in 2019.
Asher Hong National Competition Results
2021 Winter Cup, Indianapolis, Ind. - 1st-AA, FX, PH, SR, PB; 6th-VT (Jr. Div.)
2021 Elite Team Cup, Indianapolis, Ind. - 1st-Team
2020 Winter Cup Challenge, Las Vegas, Nev. - 2nd-AA 2nd-PH; 3rd-SR; 4th-VT(T), HB; 5th-PB (Jr. Div.)
2020 Elite Team Cup, Las Vegas, Nev. - 1st-Team
2019 U.S. Gymnastics Championships, Kansas City, Mo. - 2nd-PB; 3rd-AA, PH; 4th-SR(T); 5th-HB; 6th-FX; 7th-VT(T) (15-16)
2019 Men's Junior Olympic National Championships, Reno, Nev. - 1st-AA, PH, SR, HB; 2nd-FX, PB; 3rd-VT (JE L10 Age 15)
2018 Winter Cup Challenge, Las Vegas, Nev. - 1st-AA, SR, PB; 2nd-PH; 7th-FX(T), HB(T) (Jr. Div.)
2017 Men's Junior Olympic National Championships, Kissimmee, Fla. - 1st-AA, FX(T), PH, SR; 2nd-PB; 3rd-HB; 8th-VT(T) (JE L9 Age 13)
2016 Men's Junior Olympic National Championships, Battle Creek, Mich. - 1st-PH; 2nd-AA, FX, HB; 3rd-SR, VT(T); 4th-PB (L8 JE 11)
2015 Men's Junior Olympic National Championships, Daytona Beach, Fla. - 1st-AA, PH; 2nd-FX, SR, PB; 7th-HB (L8 JE 11)
Asher Hong International Competition Results
2020 RD761 Gymnastics Invitational, Katy, Texas - 2nd-Team; 3rd-HB; 8th-PB
2018 Pacific Rim Championships, Medellin, Colombia - 1st-Team, PH; 2nd-AA, FX; 3rd-SR, PB (Jr. Div.)
2018 RD761 International Junior Team Cup, Katy, Texas - 3rd-Team; 6th-FX
2017 International Junior Team Cup, Berlin, Germany - 1st-SR, PB; 2nd-Team (Under 14)