Olympic gymnasts inspire younger, local athletes


KETTERING, Ohio (WDTN) –  The U.S. women’s gymnastics team won the gold medal in Rio Tuesday night and local gymnasts want to be next.

They’re even calling themselves the “future four,” after team USA dubbed themselves the “final five”.

“I love that like it’s fun and it gets you pumped up,” said 8-year-old Addison Haney.

Haney and a group of three girls with Performance Gymnastics Academy in Kettering have been keeping a close eye on Simone Biles and Laurie Hernandez

“She’s really powerful and inspiring because like it gives people a lot of power so they can like do what they want to do,” said 8-year-old Kelsie Dallas.

Their coach, Olivia Busse says the Olympic female athletes have been good role models for her girls to learn from.

“We like Simone because she’s always positive. Even when she messes up she says. ‘Oh, I’ll get it better tomorrow’ and that’s why the girls love her.” said Busse.

The Olympics have changed the atmosphere in the gym. Busse says the girls are kicking it up a notch.

“I’m so excited for how happy and determined they are when they come through those doors after watching those girls on T.V.,” said Busse.

For these gymnasts it’s another reinforcement to take the sport to the next level. They all hope to one day compete in the Olympics.

“I try my hardest in gymnastics. It’s my favorite sport in the entire world and it’s just so awesome. I cant describe it,” said Dallas.

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