Two West Texas Olympic Hopefuls on Their Way to Olympic Trials - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/17/04

Two West Texas Olympic Hopefuls on Their Way to Olympic Trials

Offered only for the second time in Olympic history gymnasts will compete in one of the world's fastest growing sports, trampoline. Two West Texas Olympic hopefuls are on their way to San Jose to earn a spot on the U.S. Olympic team.

"I remember when I started I always thought you know it would be cool to go to the Olympics and you know I always thought about it," says Amanda. Now, Amanda and her 18-year-old teammate Nicole are getting their chance to win Olympic gold after beating out tough competition at nationals last month. "Going into national competition we were so nervous and once we competed you know got done and they told us it was great," says Amanda.

The girls are no strangers to tough competition. Together they're among the top five trampoliners in the world. "I try not to let the judges and the crowd and the other competitors bother me. I try to get up there and bounce my trampoline do what I can do," says Nicole.

Amanda and Nicole spend hours in the gym each day training, perfecting moves and techniques. Now they'll have a chance to show the world just how all they're hard work has paid off. "The hard part is over. We've done all the training. We've done all the competitions. We went to nationals. Now is our time to show off and have fun and enjoy what we're doing," says Nicole.

And they'll rely on their abilities and support from each other to get through it. "We're friends I think we would go crazy if we didn't have each other in the gym," says Amanda.

As they wave good bye to chase their Olympic dreams, win or lose, they'll be back in the gym training for their next big competition. "The best thing to do is just keep doing it, don't ever give up just keep on training and working and competing," says Nicole.

"We just want to do our best we want to hit two solid routines that score well and if one of us gets selected to go that would be amazing," says Amanda.

Amanda and Nicole compete in San Jose, California on Saturday night. There are five gymnasts competing for a spot on the Olympic team, and only one will go to Athens.

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