JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Across the nation, a lot of people were on the edge of their seats watching the U.S. Women's Gymnastic team win gold.
Here on the First Coast, gymnasts in training are getting new inspiration from the results.
The young women at Champions Gymnastics are dreaming big.
"In 2020, I'll be 17. And I want to go to the Olympics then, says aspiring gymnast, Jenna Mulligan.
While they haven't seen too many olympic games, they know this is their sport. And for Ella Warren, it doesn't come easy.
"I love having the challenges, and doing new skills and working hard."
In Jacksonville, they're at the right place. The head coach at Champions is a former Olympic Coach. Originally from Bulgaria, Valentin Ivanov coached the 1996 and 2000 Bulgarian Men's Olympic Gymnastic Team.
"As a coach we're looking for kids, girls, to be flexible, strong enough for their age ... and to be brave."
But it's not easy getting there. Many of his students train more than 20 hours a week and dedicate themselves completely to the dream.
"Thousand of repetitions, every single day," says Ivanov.
Just for the chance, his students say it's worth it.
First Coast News