Olympic gold medalists inspire young gymnasts to pursue goals

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by Michelle Arnold

WHAS11.com

Posted on October 24, 2012 at 8:50 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 24 at 9:16 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky.— “To actually be standing there, getting the gold medal, and listening to the national anthem, seeing the flag being raised--  was something that I’ll remember for the rest of my life,” said gymnast Nastia Liukin.
 
It's an opportunity only a select few ever get. showing the world your talent...and your passion. All to reach a goal---the gold medal.
 
“Once you reach the international stage you're expected to represent not only yourself but also your whole country. It's definitely an incredible experience.  It's such an honor,” said gymnast Jordyn Wieber.
 
An honor that came with a price; a childhood filled with hard work, discipline and repetition.
 
“I knew all I needed to do was just hit the same kind of routine that I've done so many times. I had a really good chance to win if I was able to do that,” said Liukin.
 
As the saying goes practice makes perfect, but perfect isn't always attainable. It's something Jordyn Wieber learned at the 2012 Olympics when she failed to qualify to compete in the individual all-arounds.  It's something young gymnasts must learn to cope with every day.
 
When you see someone like Jordyn Wieber make a mistake, which is what life is about, and have to bounce back for her team. To watch her do that I think is a great message to send to my girls,” said Lindsay Donohue, owner of Wildcard Gymnastics.
 
Wieber is sending another message to the gym owner's girls. She’s hosting a luncheon for young people with special needs; awarding every child with a gold medal.
 
“It’s really exciting to see all the young gymnasts that look up to us; it makes me want to be a better role model for them. Just knowing the effect that not only me, but our whole team had on gymnasts around the country is amazing,” said Wieber.

The Kellogg's Tour of Gymnastics Champions at the KFC Yum! Center is on Thursday October 25 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets for the Kellogg's Tour of Gymnastics Champions start at $28. You can purchase tickets at the KFC Yum! Center Ticket Office or any Ticketmaster outlet. 

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