LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) – It’s the biggest day of the year in gymnastics. The sport’s biggest contest, the all around final will conclude at the 2016 Olympics in Rio. 5,000 miles away at Prestige Gymnastics in Lancaster, 15 year old Trinity Thomas is hard at work.
“Right away I knew that this is where I belong.”
As much as she would have liked a place on this year’s U.S. Gymnastics team, the minimum age of eligibility for the Olympics is 16. But the end of this 4 year run means the start of another, with her eyes firmly set on 2020.
“I always had it in the back of my mind, but I never really thought that I could actually do that.”
Much like Simone Biles, who was 15 in 2012 during the London Olympics, patience, and plenty of hard work will serve Thomas well. Her international experience is low, but after training at the famed Karolyi ranch in Texas alongside the women competing for gold in Rio, she understands the obstacles that she faces over the next four years.