11 Year Old Gymnast Among Nation’s Best
By Ian Hest
Heart. Dedication. Determination.
At just 11 years old, gymnast Jordan Bowers needs all of them to reach her goal.
“I would like to make it to the Olympics,” Bowers said. “But [also] I’d like to make it to the National Team.”
Believe it or not, the
In May, she was selected to US Gymnastics’ “Hope” program, which scouts close to 45 young gymnasts from across the country.
She’s the 1st Nebraskan to make it in 20 years.
On August 1st, she’ll travel to
“I think it’s fun to just be competitive with each other,” she said. “I don’t know, just do all sorts of new skills and just getting it is a really happy feeling.”
Don’t think of this as a hobby for your average middle schooler, more like a full time job.
“When I started being really involved and just put a lot of hours into it, I was having a lot of fun.”
Her next goal is to qualify for the “Junior Elite” program in 2015, the next step towards making the National Team.
And who knows, when the stars and stripes head to the
“It makes me feel pretty cool to just be like ‘I’m that good.’”