SCOTTSDALE, AZ - At Scottsdale Gymnastics and Trampoline , young athletes put in long hours of hard work, sweat and tears. But for 39 of them, that dedication is paying off in a big way this week. They're competing in the Junior Olympics in Long Beach, California.
Sophia Reichelt is representing Arizona as a Regional All Star. "I hope I get at least on the podium because it's a pretty hard competition and a big accomplishment to even get on the podium," said Reichelt.
SGT Tumbling Coach Michael Campbell said, "These kids have been preparing all year, some of them their whole lives, to make it this far. This is an achievement, a culmination of all their hard work."
The youngest SGT competitor is just six years old, while the oldest is 15. They're going up against 2,200 kids from all over the country.
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