By Danny Baggott @Dan_Baggie
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Chandler King spends 30 hours a week practicing and studying the sport she loves at the World Championship Centre in Texas.
Chandler, who specialises in the bars event, was undefeated last year and nearly achieved the perfect 10.00 score in a recent competition.
Currently on level nine, of a possible 10, Chandler finds herself on the invite list for the United States National Development Team and is already making significant progress towards the USA Olympic squad.
Chandler told Barcroft TV: “When other people watch me, they say ‘oh my god how do you do that?’
“People are always so impressed, but when I do it, it’s not that hard. It’s pretty easy.
“My main goal in gymnastics in the future is to go to the Olympics and make gold all round.”
Chandler started gymnastics when she was just three-years-old and she hasn’t looked back since.
The young prodigy has now amassed a huge social media following with more than 145,000 followers on Instagram watching her progress in the sport.
“My favourite thing about gymnastics is all of the people at a meet, cheering and watching you, seeing you on the podium getting all those medals and just performing on each event and doing your best,” Chandler said.
“I do love performing. The whole gym will just stop and watch when I start to do my floor routine because it’s really sassy.
“I can do 20 pull-ups and, the last time I counted, I could do at least 10 back flips in a row.”
Chandler’s parents, Latoika and Rajaul King, have supported their daughter’s every move and have high hopes for her future.
Rajaul said: “I’m not scared to say it, I’m super proud of her drive. I’m super proud of her focus.
“I’m just super proud of her being able to handle it all, because it is a lot when you think of a nine or 10-year-old performing in a sport that requires so much concentration and so much discipline and time and effort.
“And you know whatever she decides to do, her character is being built right now.”
Latoika added: “Around six years old, that’s when she said ‘I want to go to the Olympics’.
“That’s when she kind of really got serious and that’s when she started doing a lot of hours.
“She practices 30 hours a week and you hear sometimes, ‘oh you know why do you make your child do that’ – no, you can’t make your child be somewhere for that amount of time.
“It is her passion. She comes home, she’s still flipping in the living room and she’s still practicing on the beam. That’s just her.”
Elite Girls Coach, Brian Gemberling, currently teaches Chandler on the bars and vault events.
Last year, Chandler made a jump from level four gymnastics straight to level seven, a remarkably uncommon achievement for a girl of her age.
Whilst Brian admits Chandler still has a way to go in the sport and must maintain her focus – he remains very optimistic about her potential to become a superstar for the national team.
Brian said: “Chandler has a drive. She always wants to be the best and she’s a kid that thrives off competition.
“Chandler exceeds on bars for sure. She did level seven this year and she was definitely undefeated in that event.
“Bars is an event the US struggles with a lot, so she has a great opportunity.
“She just turned 10-years-old so she is definitely on the feeder track towards the Olympics.
“Chandler is definitely a future star in the sport. She has a lot of potential. She wants to be the next Olympian, she just has to trust the process and keep moving forward.”