Updated: Saturday, 12 May 2012, 12:07 AM EDT
Published : Saturday, 12 May 2012, 12:05 AM EDT
Hampton, Va. (WAVY) - There will be a lot of flipping, jumping and vaulting going on Friday and Saturday at the Hampton Convention center. For the first time ever, the Junior Olympics National Championships have made their way to Hampton Roads. 460 girls, all level ten and worthy of being here.
"That means they had to qualify. Its a stepping stone to get here. They won their state and had to win at region to be part of a seven member team," said Tammi Elliot-Harrison
Normally this event is held on the west coast. The championships are being sponsored by World Class Gymnastics. Owner and coach Tammi Elliott-Harrison says this being an Olympic year adds a little more excitement to the competition.
"We have decorated in red, white and blue and yes it is very exciting to be an Olympic year," said Mary Lou Retton.
Lost in the crowd is US Olympic legend Mary Lou Retton. She won individual gold in the 1884 summer Olympic games in Los Angeles. She's in town watching her daughter McKinna compete against the nations best juniors.
"For those of you who do not now much about gymnastics, this competition, level ten is just a step below what you will see at the Summer games in London. There are some very good girls here," said Retton.
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