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9-year-old gymnast works toward Olympics

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The Winter Olympics are over, but it's never too early to start planning for the future. One eastern Iowa girl is doing just that, at nine-years-old she has her eyes set on the 2024 summer games.

Fourth grader Nora Brewer of Iowa City practices six days a week, perfecting her skills, hoping to make it to the Olympics in 2024. She says right now she's best on the balance beam.

"I think I am the best at it, like my best event," said Nora.

Since two-years-old Nora has been making great strides in the gymnastics world.

"I've been to camps in Texas, the National Team Training Center," said Nora. 

Nora says her time at the training center was exciting and nerve wracking, but she's using that as motivation.

"I just feel like it'd be fun and stuff," said Nora. "Fun to meet new people and like I said have a gold metal in my room everyday."

Nora trains 7 hours a day, six days a week.

"If she was going to do it, she was going to do it well and be the best, or at least compete with the best, so I think it was something she just decided one day," said Heath Brewer, Nora's father.

An if in 2024 Nora's parents get to watch her compete for gold, they say it will be stressful.

"If I am even able to watch I'll be surprised because it's so nerve wracking, but it's exciting and I enjoy watching her compete," said Heath. "I hope it happens, but whatever happens for Nora I know she's better because of gymnastics."

Nora says to qualify for the USA Olympic Team she needs to be 16, she will still be too young for the 2020 Olympics.

Nora is at the gym from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.  A few hours in her day is devoted to school, which she completes online thorough Iowa Connections Academy, a free online public school. 

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