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Lubbock gymnast tests for national TOPs program, aims for 2024 Olympics

Kambry Tucker at practice at TEGA (source: KCBD) Kambry Tucker at practice at TEGA (source: KCBD)
Kambry Tucker at practice at TEGA (source: KCBD) Kambry Tucker at practice at TEGA (source: KCBD)
Kambry Tucker at practice at TEGA (source: KCBD) Kambry Tucker at practice at TEGA (source: KCBD)
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

While the USA women's gymnastics team made history in Rio, winning the second consecutive team all-around gold medal, gymnasts right here in Lubbock were inspired by their talent.

One young girl is working hard to follow in their footsteps, as she hopes to one day be in the Olympics herself.

At only eight years old, Kambry Tucker at Texas Elite Gymnastics Academy on 82nd Street is testing for a national team called TOPs and is on track for her dream of being in the 2024 Olympics.

"We knew the moment she stepped in this gym. That kid is just going to be outstanding," Kambry's coach, Amara Roseborrough said.

Texas Elite Gymnastics Academy is filled with dedicated and talented local gymnasts.

"They blow me away, every day. Their work ethic is just always there," Coach Amara said.

But Kambry Tucker is setting the bar higher for herself each and every day.

"Whatever my coaches say, I just like doing it because it's fun. Even though I'm nervous I just have to go for it and just try to do it," Tucker said.

Eight year old Kambry Tucker has been a gymnast for three years.

"I just love to do all the events. Like they're so fun to do everything," she said.

And Kambry can do pretty much anything Coach Amara asks her to do.

"Seeing that there is you know, this tiny little body that can do what I was doing when I was like thirteen, she's only eight. You know it's unreal," Coach Amara said.

And at such a young age, she is testing to be part of the USA national pre-team called TOPs, or Talent Opportunity Program.

"Basically USA gymnastics, that's where they identify their future Olympians," Coach Amara said.

"You do five press hands stands, 20 leg lifts, all the way climb to the rope and you're trying to make it at a decent time," Kambry lists just some of the testing she went through this summer.

Coach Amara says Kambry is the first TEGA gymnast to qualify for TOPs testing.

"It is the road to, elite gymnastics and then eventually the Olympics. Every one of the Olympians right now were in the TOPs program," Coach Amara said.

But regardless of her amazing talent, Kambry puts in 20 hours of practice a week at the gym because she loves it.

"She's so passionate about gymnastics and just watching the sport on TV, she loves to do that," her mother, Kristy Tucker, said.

"I just like watching it to see maybe one day I could do that or something," Kambry said.

And her commitment and drive to be the best she can be, is something her coaches and parents couldn't be more proud of.

"Her coaches asking her to test for TOPs and having that honor, and then putting in that extra effort and that extra dedication. It's just, it's unreal. It's amazing," Kristy Tucker said.

"I think it inspires the rest of the girls. I think it pushes the rest of the girls. And it definitely pushes us as coaches," Coach Amara said.

"I really want to go to the Olympics. And if I get to go, that's my biggest thing I want to go to," Kambry said.

Kambry will find out if she has made it into the TOPs program in the next few weeks.

But everyone at TEGA is confident in her testing.

She tested three times this summer in Dallas, Texarkana, and most recently in Houston.

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