SoCal girls, 10 and 15, show off Olympian-level gymnastics skills

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Two Southern California girls have trained since they were toddlers and hope to one day head off to the Olympics with all their hard work and dedication. (KABC)

The top gymnasts in the world will be in Brazil this summer for the Olympics, and the road to get there starts long before a city is even awarded the games.

There's several elite hopefuls at Paramount Elite Gymnastics in Van Nuys. But it's not the foundation of the highly successful gym.

Caitlin Smith turns 15 next week. She's qualified to a national competition in Connecticut. If the Federation of International Gymnastics had not increased the minimum age to 16 for potential Olympians, Smith would be trying to qualify for Rio.

"So if she wanted to do an Olympics, she will be doing 2020. So her body has to last her another four years," co-owner and coach Sarah Korngold said.

Smith verbally committed to Louisiana State University at age 14. One of her teammates is only 10. Levi Jung-Ruivivar is a fourth-grader who just received her first recruitment letter from Utah.

Like her teammate Smith, Jung also qualified for next week's national meet in Connecticut. She's been in gymnastics since she was a toddler.

These two girls will be spotted at nationals in a week's time and where will they land after that? Only time and dedication will tell.
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