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Lubbock gymnasts have big Olympic dreams

Brittany Carson dreams of one day representing USA in the Olympics Brittany Carson dreams of one day representing USA in the Olympics

The Olympic trials for women's gymnastics begin tonight on NBC. Girls will compete for just five spots and the chance to represent the USA in London starting July 27.

Closer to home a group of 38 gymnasts at Rock Solid Athletics continue to pursue their dreams of one day becoming Olympic athletes.

"The smile on the kids face when they're successful, when they know they've learned a new skill and done their best at a competition, that's what makes it worth it," said Al Gamboa, head coach of the men's and women's gymnastics teams.

Gamboa has been involved in gymnastics since his sophomore year at Lubbock High School in 1982, excelling in the floor exercise competition. His program at Rock Solid Athletics has only been open for one year and already he is optimistic of the talented students he recruited.

"This is our Junior Olympic team and we train up to 18 hours a week. Our hope is that one day, God willing, they will be able to have a chance at qualifying for the Olympics."

Although he has talented kids that are working to achieve Olympic glory, he says West Texas is a difficult sports environment to compete in.

"Here in West Texas we are a softball, soccer, volleyball, you know those are the sports we are competing against. So we do our best to try and keep them involved and having fun."

One of his pupils, 12-year-old Brittany Carson, can't imagine life without Gamboa as coach.

"He's been there ever since I was little and he's awesome, he's just so awesome. I would hate if he wasn't my coach."

Carson and her fellow gymnasts dream of one day representing the red white and blue, but right now are eagerly awaiting the Kellogg Tour of Gymnastics Champions coming to the United Spirit Arena on October 7.  

"I'm so excited and I'm going to really show off and excited to see what they all do," said Carson, whose hero Nastia Liukin is expected to be amongst the performers.

Although Rock Solid Athletic's gymnasts may be small their dreams couldn't be bigger.

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