Louisville gymnasts looking up to Team USA

Louisville gymnasts looking up to Team USA
Megan Bingham (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Megan Bingham (Source: WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - An incredible evening for Team USA gymnastics is giving hope to young gymnasts in WAVE Country.

On WAVE 3 News Thursday evening, viewers watched Simone Biles take home the gold and Aly Raisman came in just behind her with the silver.

Champion Gymnastics Teams Gym, located at 11100 Plantside Drive, is decorated with posters of Team USA Gymnasts. These Olympians are paving the way for young athletes at the gym.
 
Megan Bingham, 11, dreams of becoming an Olympian.
 
"You're so free," she said. "You can pick which skills you want to do."
 
Biles and Raisman are only a few years older than Bingham, which is why she believes there is no reason she couldn't make it to the Olympic mat.
 
"It kind of inspires me and tells me that I have a chance here and I can go into an elite gym and do all of this stuff because they're doing it," Bingham said.
 
Bingham knows an Olympic medal will come at a cost. She and her team practice six days per week, a total of 25 hours.

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"I do have to have a diet," Bingham explained. "At least 75 grams of protein per day."
 
Even at their personal best, these gymnasts know they can get better. The support comes from two powerful places, coaches and family.
 
"We are teaching them how to be young women and men who are confident, happy and well adjusted," the gym's Team Department Leader Jason Button said.
 
"It is exciting to see them overcome fear or an anxiety about a skill or finally get it and having goals and meeting these goals," gymnastics mom Allison Leef said.
 
Every balance beam and trampoline leads toward another trophy and winner's title, something Bingham said is life changing.
 
It is a lot of work, but I have to get through it because if it weren't for this sport, I wouldn't be where I am now, my attitude, grades and just how I am here," she said.
 
Champion Gymnastics Team Gym is the home of dozens of titles, including state and national titles. Trophies that will hopefully land these young women college scholarships too.
 
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