Mahwah teen sets sights on 2024 Olympic Games

This summer, 16-year-old Olivia Kelly will be competing on an international elite level with hopes of qualifying for the 2024 Paris Olympic Trials for Barbados, on behalf of her family roots.

News 12 Staff

Aug 1, 2022, 8:27 PM

Updated 621 days ago

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A Mahwah teen is setting her sights on participating in the 2024 Olympic Games in gymnastics.
This summer, 16-year-old Olivia Kelly will be competing on an international elite level with hopes of qualifying for the 2024 Paris Olympic Trials for Barbados, on behalf of her family roots.
“They have a gymnastics program, but it's doesn't have a ton of funding. I figured I can accomplish my dream and help this country, so why not?” Kelly told News 12.
In May, Kelly placed third in the United States in her age group as a Level 10 gymnast in the USAG Women's Development Program Nationals in Arizona. She also won first place all-around at the 2022 Jamaica Gymnastics.
"The most important thing with that girl is make her realize that this is her God-given gift,” said Ashley Umburger, owner of North Star Gymnastics. “Luckily, we were able to do that. The athletes really have to be in control of their bodies. They have to be able to speak to their head coach and say, 'Hey, I'm really hurting today. I need another assignment.'”
Kelly says she's not quite sure about what the future holds, but coaching could be a possibility.
“I just hope whatever I do, I'm happy doing it,” she added.
Kelly has an invite to the Pan Am Championship, which would qualify her for the World Championship. Winning there would qualify her for the Olympics.


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