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Alaina Johnson Qualifies For US National Gymnastics Team

Tyler gymnast Alaina Johnson has had a big week.

"Last week, I was in Boston," she explains. "Competing for the US National Team, I finished up twelfth, and the top twelve make the team."

Alaina is now a part of the that National team, and has the tryouts for the Olympic team coming up the weekend of the 21st. It's been a long road for the seventeen year-old Lee student, she's been working at this since she was five."

"I decided that I was going to be an elite gymnast, and so I made it to the championships as a junior, and that was my first goal, to be on the national team and compete for my country."

It's a full-time job for Johnson, with her studies and her workouts.

"I do thirty-two hours a week, Monday through Saturday," she said. "For the school year, I go from seven-thirty to ten, then to school from ten until two-fifteen, then I come back here from two-thirty to six or six-fifteen."

"Whenever you turn sixteen, you get a car and you get a job, but I didn't have time for that."

Johnson said she really began preparing four years ago, and is proud of her results.

"I've been working hard for four years now, I feel like my work has finally paid off."

There will be other tryouts and competitions, but for now Alaina has reached her latest goal.

Reid Kerr can be reached at rkerr@kltv.com.

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