MOUNTAIN BROOK, AL (WBRC) - Gymnastics is a sport 17-year-old Jordan Olszewski has loved ever since she was three.
“Gymnastics has shaped me into the person who I am today, I have definitely become stronger and have developed leadership skills," said Olszewski.
The Mountain Brook gymnast qualified to compete at the Junior Olympic National Championships this weekend in Indiana for the second time ever.
“It’s almost like a sigh of relief in a way like you kind of get anxious while you’re there and nervous, but once you’re there you’re like ahh, I made it," Olszewski said.
Olszewski is a level-10 gymnast and will compete in the all-around, but getting back to the big stage this weekend has been a journey. She suffered a shoulder injury last year and couldn’t compete.
“To see her work from that and not let it get her down and dig deep through rehab and come back and ready to hit, it’s inspiring to watch and coach," said Helen Nabors, team director of Mountain Brook Gymnastics.
Olszewski, who’s committed to the University of Arkansas, says the vault is her favorite event and her goal is to place in the top three. She won the vault at regionals five weeks ago. “It’s my favorite because it naturally comes easy to me. When an event is more easy, it’s more fun to do,” Olszewski added.
Olszewski is one of three gymnasts from the state of Alabama to compete at the Junior Olympic National Championships.