East Texans dream of Olympics

By Coleman Swierc

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - It's not easy.

"If gymnastics was easy, it would be called football," Emily McLemore says.

McLemore competes with the East Texas Twisters in Nacogdoches.  She says it takes a lot to be a gymnast.  The hours in the gym really add up.

"22 hours to 24 hours a week," McLemore says.

"Our upper level gymnasts come 22 hours a week," Hailey Woods says.  " And that is one of the lesser times, because we have fewer kids and in a smaller town."

Small towns means travel.  Lots of travel.

"Representing my gym is very important," McLemore says.  "The traveling part is not hard, but the competing is very nerve racking."

Driving up is fun.  Winning is so much better.

"When we beat some of the top gyms, it is very rewarding," McLemore adds.

"When I get to the podium, the first place podium, I feel so accomplished," Tracie Krawczynski says.

In Nacogdoches their sights are set on a much bigger podium.

"I would like to go to the Olympics and get gold medals," Sierra Reynolds says.

"They are going to enjoy watching it on television," Woods says.  "It really inspires them."

The best in the gymnastics world are set to hit the floor this week and who knows, the next Olympians might be on the floor in East Texas.