Featured Photo: Olympics-Bound Locklear Says: ‘Indian Country Is in My Heart!’

Featured Photo: Olympics-Bound Locklear Says: ‘Indian Country Is in My Heart!’

By: 
ICTMN Staff
7/22/16

 

Ashton Locklear, Lumbee, is headed to the Summer Olympics in Rio.

The 18-year-old gymnast, holder of seven national and world titles in uneven bars, placed second in that event and 13th in balance beam in the U.S. Olympic Trials held July 8-10 in San Jose, California to earn a spot as one of three alternates on the U.S. Olympic team. The Games begin August 5 in Rio de Janeiro.

Right now, Locklear is training in Texas with national women’s team coordinator Martha Karolyi; should Simone Biles, Gabby Douglas, Laurie Hernandez, Madison Kocian, or Aly Raisman be unable to compete, Locklear could find herself representing the United States—and Indian Country—on the floor.

She would be the first Native American athlete to compete in gymnastics in an Olympics.

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