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Prattville gymnast flipping her way into U.S. Classic

(Source: WSFA 12 News) (Source: WSFA 12 News)
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Prattville YMCA gymnast Carina Jordan is prepping for the U.S. Classic this weekend in Chicago.

"I'm pretty sure Gabby Douglas and Simone Biles won this meet and obviously they both went on to win the Olympic games," said Jordan.

At just 14 she will be competing with the best in the country as a junior elite gymnast on Saturday. In order to be a national level competition gymnast, hard work is required and the amount of time dedicated to the sport is extensive.

"I wake up at like 5:45 in the morning and then I'm here at like 7:40 a.m. and then I don't leave until 12:20 p.m. Sometimes I don't leave. In the afternoon practice starts at like 2:30 p.m. and then finishes at like 5:45 p.m.," Jordan said.

She's coached by former Russian National Team Gymnast Elena Bodrikova, and they've been a duo for three years now.

"She's not just a gymnast, she's more like my daughter. I think Carina is doing very well and she's an awesome girl and she's going to be a very good person for future," said Bodrikova. Jordan affectionately describes the special bond she shares with her coach as, "She does push really hard but it's a really good relationship. Sometimes you hear about athletes and coaches that don't get along at all but we get along really well."

The goal for Carina is direct. A three-year countdown to the world's biggest stage.

"Obviously I want to go to the Olympics. That'd just be amazing. It's in Tokyo in my year and there's a Disney World in Tokyo so that makes everything even better," Jordan said.

If she scores a 50.5 at the Classic this weekend she will go on to qualify for the P&G Championships in Anaheim, California where Olympians are born.

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