LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Every Gymnast has a story.
“I have been doing gymnastics since I was three, but I probably started competing when I was seven or eight,” U.S. Senior Trampoline Team member and Lubbock native Olivia Simpson said. “I just fell in love with it after that.”
Olivia Simpson’s story started at a young age. She was a National Champion by the time she was 10, now she is 17, competing on the world stage.
“All three girls that were there, plus, Olivia also,” Raider X owner and Simpson’s coach Brad Davis said. “They had to perform, they performed some of their best routines and they came away with the gold. It was just the highlight of the whole trip.”
A little over a week ago, Olivia Simpson competed in Peru in the Pan Am Championships, where her and Olympian Nicole Ahsinger took the silver medal in the synchronized trampoline. Then Team USA came back and won the gold medal in Team Trampoline.
“The competition was crazy, because I was competing with people who went to the Olympics,” Simpson said. “Who have medaled at world championships... I have looked up to them for a long time. So now, I was competing with them and it was crazy.”
This was the first time that Olivia was old enough to compete with the senior team.
This is the biggest competition besides the Olympics, so for her to make the squad in her first year of eligibility was kind of a shock to her coach.
“For her to be able to make that team, we were just dumbfounded about the whole thing,” Davis said. “But she did well the whole year. Consistency, I think, is what brought her the deal. So, we are going to Russia in October.”
So, the next step in Olivia Simpson’s gymnast’s story is the Trampoline Gymnastics World Championships in Russia.
“Yes, we leave October 30th or something like that, to go to the world championships in Russia,” Olivia Simpson said. “So, there will be a group of four girls and four guys competing in trampoline.”
We asked Simpson; When you first started, you said you were real young. That age to now, going to Russia for the world’s, there is probably no way you could have imagined that.
“Definitely not, you just have to take it one competition at a time, and one level at a time,” Simpson said.