SAN JOSE, CA (WECT) - 18-year-old Ashton Locklear was named an alternate, or replacement athlete, on the 2016 Women's Olympic Gymnastics Team Sunday night.
She impressed the selection committee with her performances on the uneven bars both Friday and Sunday night. Despite not being named as one of the top five competitors, Locklear earned one of the three alternate spots.
2016 Olympic Team:
- Simone Biles
- Aly Raisman (competed on 2012 Olympic Team)
- Gabby Douglas (competed on 2012 Olympic Team)
- Madison Kocian
- Laurie Hernandez
2016 Olympic Replacement Athletes:
- Mykayla Skinner
- Regan Smith
- Ashton Locklear
The Lumberton native, who lives in Hamlet, trains at the Everest Gymnastics Training Center in Huntersville, North Carolina.
Locklear has been doing gymnastics ever since she was two-years-old. She said that's when it became her dream to compete in on an Olympic Team.
Speaking to Locklear before she left for the Olympic Trials, she told us she would like to continue her gymnastics career and try to compete in another World Championship Competition.
"I do want to come back and train for another couple of years, and maybe make another World's team," said Locklear. "It would be really cool to come back and make a World's team."
Emily Schild, who trains with Locklear in Huntersville, was not selected to be on the Olympic Team or to serve as a replacement athlete.
Schild has committed to the University of Georgia and will be on the gymnastics team starting in the 2017-2018 school year.