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The Rock

    Sasha Belov 

Sasha Belov

Played by: Neil Jackson
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  • Dude, Where's My Reward?: Very silly version of this: After Sasha implies that whoever got the most applause for their routine at the open house gets something, all anyone gets is extra practice on Sunday "because you've been working on your silly routines all week."
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Hot coach Sasha Belov seems to have more chemistry with his underage athletes and his happily married colleague (Kim Keeler), than with his canon approved partner Summer. Then Payson kissed him...
  • Team Dad: Sasha cares deeply for his gymnasts: he threatens to ruin Carter's career if he makes a move on one of his girls; he wonders if Lauren has someone to talk to the moment he sees her; when Emily's trust issues are revealed he promises her he's not going to leave; he punches Marty when Kaylie tells him Marty had an affair with her mother; he works closely with Payson in regards to her back injury, her rejection of her femininity, and her switch to an atristic gymnast; and he tends to go Papa Wolf if the girls' merits aren't recognized...
  • Training from Hell: While this sort of thing is threatened frequently (everyone has to practice from 5 a.m. on! With no days off!), it doesn't seem to happen. In the real world the gymnasts would be training instead of standing around the gym talking. But then again, Sasha does get very pissy if he catches the girls standing around and talking.
  • Underdogs Never Lose: After several Rock gymnasts are left out of international competition against China, Sasha Belov "goes rogue" and challenges the Chinese team to compete against the Rock.The Chinese team still wins but the Rock team wins more medals then the official United States team, proving Sasha's point. Also Emily is the underdog gymnast at the Rock and she barely makes national team by the skin of her teeth (had Payson not been injured she wouldn't have made it)
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    Summer Van Horne 

Summer Van Horne

Played by: Candace Cameron Bure
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  • Parental Substitute: Summer tries her best to do this for Lauren, who is totally ungrateful 95% of the time... until Summer has news about the whereabouts of Lauren's biological mother. Then she spends most of Season 2 trying to get Summer and her father back together.
  • Straw Hypocrite: Pretty much all the time. Special mention to "Like Mother, Like Daughter, Like Supermodel" where Summer criticizes Steve for not telling her the truth about Lauren's biological mother, while keeping her own relationship history from him in return.

    Kim Keeler 

Kim Keeler

Played by: Peri Gilpin
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Kmetko family

    Emily Kmetko 

Emily Kmetko

Played by: Chelsea Hobbs
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  • But I Can't Be Pregnant!: After learning of her unexpected Teen Pregnancy, she is in disbelief due to having sex only once and has had "one period her entire life". Based on this, she figured she didn't need to use protection and was unlikely to get pregnant. Her mother scolds her for her foolishness and the attending nurse tells her that she was just at risk for pregnancy as any other girl.
  • Cool Big Sis: Emily is one to Brian, her younger half-brother.
  • Disappeared Dad: Emily's father, whom she describes as "not the type who sticks around."
  • Going Home Again: Emily does this after getting kicked out of the gym.
  • Informed Attractiveness: Emily seems to emit pheromones to attract every available male on the show, but given the casting and makeup standards of all the young actresses on the show it's hard to believe the idea that Emily stands out that much.
  • Love Triangle: With Damon and Razor. And later seems to be heading towards one with Damon and Kaylie.
  • New Transfer Student: To the Rock.
  • Put Me In, Coach!: In the pilot, Emily has a very scary fall on vault thanks to Lauren moving the positioning of her springboard. But then, she's magically fine and repeats the vault.
  • Put on a Bus: Literally. Emily gets pregnant, much drama ensues and she literally takes a bus herself near the end of season 2 while remembering fond memories of her brief yet significant time as a gymnast.

    Chloe Kmetko 

Chloe Kmetko

Played by: Susan Ward
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  • Dating Service Disaster: An online one fixes up Chloe Kmetko with Steve Tanner. Their old/fake photos didn't help any. Surprisingly, they actually seem to hit it off.
  • Hooker with a Heart of Gold: Although she is only a bartender at the strip club, Emily considers her job to be just as disreputable, even though she is only doing it to pay for Emily's training at the Rock.
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    Brian Kmetko 

Brian Kmetko

Played by: Wyatt Smith
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Keeler family

    Payson Keeler 

Payson Keeler

Played by: Ayla Kell
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  • Break the Cutie: Depends largely on whether or not you regard Payson as The Cutie (she is, of all of them, the most idealistic of the girls and we later discover a penchant for lost puppies). The writers do seem to have it out for her: breaking up her family, monetary woes, public humiliation. And then they break her back at Nationals and her ankle at Worlds. Seeing a definite trend here.
  • Cheaters Never Prosper: Kelly badmouths Payson for taking cortisone shots (which technically are legal and not cheating), implying that they are cheating. And after listening to her, Payson forgoes one last shot and breaks her back.
  • Childhood Friends: Kaylie and Lauren have known each other since they were six and been on the same team since they were eight. Payson became friends with the two of them when she was twelve and her family moved to Boulder.
  • The Determinator
  • Hollywood Healing: Averted when Payson goes to Los Angeles to meet with a specialist, who tells Payson that her back injury is inoperable. Then played straight when Swiss doctor who has a miracle experimental cure.
  • Honor Before Reason: The main reason behind Payson's choice to not take the cortisone shot. As a result, she broke her back.
  • I Coulda Been a Contender!: Payson after breaking her back.
  • Just Friends: Payson and Nicky for now, though they both seem interested. However, Nicky leaves the gym because of too much drama at the Rock.
  • Love Triangle: Arguably in one with Nicky and Kaylie, although maybe not as Nicky intends to leave the Rock because of all the distractions he sees there. And later seemingly heading towards one with Lauren and Max.
  • New Transfer Student: At Taft High.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: To Kelly.
  • Put Me In, Coach!: After she, like Emily, injures herself on Vault at Worlds.
  • Shout-Out: When Payson vaults on an injured foot in the Season 2 finale, it is an obvious homage to Kerri Strug's medal-winning vault in the 1996 Olympics. Explicitly.
  • Team Mom: Payson starts out as this to the girls in Season 1 before her injury, something that's lampshaded by Kaylie.

    Kim Keeler 
See The Rock section

    Mark Keeler 

Mark Keeler

Played by: Brett Cullen
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    Becca Keeler 

Becca Keeler

Played by: Mia Rose Frampton
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Cruz family

    Kaylie Cruz 

Kaylie Cruz

Played by: Josie Loren
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  • Childhood Friends: Kaylie and Lauren have known each other since they were six and been on the same team since they were eight. Payson became friends with the two of them when she was twelve and her family moved to Boulder.
  • Dark Horse Victory: Kaylie somehow manages to defeat Kelly Parker and win Nationals after Payson is out of the competition, something nobody would have expected unless they picked up on the hints the writers were dropping all episode.
  • He Is Not My Boyfriend: Kaylie is forced to say this about Carter repeatedly, given their Secret Relationship.
  • Love Triangle: With Carter and Lauren and arguably in another one with Nicky and Payson, although maybe not as Nicky intends to leave the Rock because of all the distractions he sees there. And later seems to be heading towards a third one with Damon and Emily.
  • No One Gets Left Behind: The girls all risk not making it to Nationals in order to get Kaylie on that bus.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Kaylie gives Lauren a very short but scathing one when she finds out about her and Carter having sex at the keggar. It drives her to tears.

    Ronnie Cruz 

Ronnie Cruz

Played by: Rosa Blasi
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  • Alpha Bitch: Shows some shades of this in regards to the condescending way she can treat Emily and Payson's mothers.

    Alex Cruz 

Alex Cruz

Played by: Jason Manuel Olazabal
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    Leo Cruz 

Leo Cruz

Played by: Marcus Coloma
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Tanner family

    Lauren Tanner 

Lauren Tanner

Played by: Cassie Scerbo
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A gymnast at The Rock, nicknamed "The Queen of the Beam".


  • Alpha Bitch
  • Childhood Friends: Kaylie and Lauren have known each other since they were six and been on the same team since they were eight. Payson became friends with the two of them when she was twelve and her family moved to Boulder.
  • Daddy's Girl
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Lauren seems to be a huge fan of this.
    • She changes the equipment settings on Emily's vault out of feelings of jealousy, not seeming to care that Emily could get paralyzed due to this. Later on, she gets her father to hire a private investigator to try and get Emily kicked out of the gym for the same reason.
    • She nearly exposes Kaylie's relationship with Carter and nearly gets the two of them expelled from the gym after Kaylie points out that Emily beat Lauren fair and square on the vault.
    • She steals Emily's dress in the fashion show because she was angry at Summer for not letting her wear whatever she wanted to wear.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Lauren is constantly lying and blackmailing people and trying to steal Carter from Kaylie. She pretends to repent but then goes back to her dishonest ways.
  • Karma Houdini: Lauren always seems to bounce back somehow, no matter how atrocious her behavior is.
    • As of Season 2, Lauren has gotten away with changing the equipment settings before Emily's vault and risking her getting paralyzed, breaking up Chloe and her father's relationship, manipulating Summer into breaking up with Steve and Sasha, getting Emily benched in France so that she could compete, stealing Kaylie's boyfriend and lying about it, stealing the necklace Carter gave Kaylie (a gift from his deceased mother), deliberately exposing Kaylie's relationship with Carter to Marty and Kaylie's parents, humiliating Payson and ruining Sasha's career by sending the kissing video to Ellen Beals, ruining Emily's custom leotard, stealing Emily's dress in Season 1, and stealing Emily's floor routine in Season 2, just to list a few. She does something every episode that in Real Life would almost certainly make her friends openly wonder why they keep hanging out with a complete sociopath.
    • Hand waved in one episode in which Summer asks Sasha if he will discipline Lauren for stealing Emily's dance routine for worlds. Sasha responds "No, I think it's pretty clear who won that battle, I think she's learned her lesson." She didn't.
    • Finally subverted in the middle of Season 2 when Carter not only starts calling her out on these things, but eventually has enough of her horrible behavior and breaks up with her.
  • Lingerie Scene: Lauren has one, in keeping with her being as close to a Ms. Fanservice as the show gets.
  • Love Triangle: With Kaylie and Carter. Later seemingly heading towards one with Max and Payson.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Oh, Lauren. Try drinking every time Lauren plays head games with one of her supposed best friends or her father's romantic partners. You will black out.
  • Missing Mom: Lauren's mom is a drug addict who abandoned the family years ago due to Steve threatening her with an arrest if she kept trying to see Lauren. Lauren claims she's in Darfur.
  • Put Me In, Coach!: After her heart surgery.
  • Rich Bitch: Her father's a wealthy lawyer.
  • Spoiled Brat
  • Taking the Heat: Does this to save Kaylie.

    Steve Tanner 

Steve Tanner

Played by: Anthony Starke
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Lauren's father and former manager of The Rock.


  • Dating Service Disaster: An online one fixes up Chloe Kmetko with Steve Tanner. Their old/fake photos didn't help any. Surprisingly, they actually seem to hit it off.
  • Manipulative Bastard
  • Parent with New Paramour: Steve Tanner proposes marriage to his assistant Summer. He kept their dating a secret from Lauren, then after promising her he wouldn't propose, immediately proposed to Summer. Later dates Chloe and Lauren continues to make with the drama about it.

    Leslie Tanner 

Leslie Tanner

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Lauren's mother and Steve's ex-wife.


The Pizza Shack

    Damon Young 

Damon Young

Played by: Johnny Pacar
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  • Love Triangle: With Emily and Razor. And later seems to be heading towards one with Emily and Kaylie.
  • Put on a Bus: Leaves to go tour in Europe.

    Razor 

Razor

Played by: Nico Tortorella
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Others

    Austin Tucker 

Austin Tucker

Played by: Zane Holtz
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    Max Spencer 

Max Spencer

Played by: Joshua Bowman
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    Marty Walsh 

Marty Walsh

Played by: Erik Palladino
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    Carter Anderson 

Carter Anderson

Played by: Zachary Burr Abel
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    Nicky Russo 

Nicky Russo

Played by: Cody Longo
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  • Love Triangle: Arguably in one with Payson and Kaylie, although maybe not as he intends to leave the Rock because of all the distractions he sees there.
  • Put on a Bus: Leaves to train at another gym.

    Kelly Parker 

Kelly Parker

Played by: Nicole Anderson
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  • Arch-Enemy
  • Manipulative Bastard: It's a wonder anyone has time to practice with all the scheming.
  • Straw Hypocrite: In the extended eleventh episode, Kelly "Say No To Drugs" Parker is shown getting a cortisone shot of her own. "We all lie sometimes."

    MJ Martin 

MJ Martin

Played by: Marsha Thomason


    Ellen Beals 

Ellen Beals

Played by: Michelle Clunie
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  • Manipulative Bastard
  • Screw the Rules, I Make Them!: Oh SO much. "Oh, btw, I'm gonna fire your coach so I can take over as coach!" is particularly outstanding.
  • Tyrant Takes the Helm: She apparently now runs every Olympic committee in existence and throws her power around constantly so she can dictate the lives of all gymnasts, coaches, parents, etc.

    Coach MacIntire 

Coach MacIntire

Played by: Dondre Whitfield
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    Jordan Randall 

Jordan Randall

Played by: Chelsea Tavares
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    Wendy Capshaw 

Wendy Capshaw

Played by: Amanda Leighton
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    Jake 

Jake

Played by: Russell Pitts


    Rigo 

Rigo

Played by: Tom Maden
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