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Olympians inspire young gymnasts in Crossville

4:24 PM, Jun 28, 2013   |    comments
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School is out and summer is here. For many kids that means lounging by the pool and catching up on video games. However, in Crossville, some kids have the Olympics on their mind.

FlipFest is a 12 week summer gymnastics camp that started out in Crossville in 2006. They bring kids in from all over the country, really all over the world, of all ages and skills. They have athletes who are just beginning in gymnastics and some that might be Olympic hopefuls.

Campers work to be the best, so why not work with the best?

Olympic legends and even recent champions like Jordan Wieber and Aly Raisman work hands-on with campers throughout the week.

The kids say that working alongside Olympic greats gives them the motivation to push themselves even harder.

3-time Olympian John Roethlisberger wants campers to remember that it's not just about making the Olympics, it's also about having fun.

"Gymnastics is a fun sport and I want these kids to realize that it's cool to be able to do a flip, it's cool to be able to do stuff that no one else your age can do."

Thanks to FlipFest, the Olympics doesn't seem that far out of reach.








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