Ashton Locklear – Not to be Underestimated

You may know her as that bar worker that was beat by Madison Kocian to the Olympic team. Or, you may not know of her at all. But that is why everyone that does know who she is, loves her. She is what you might call an underdog. Sneaky but steady. With only one fall this season,  Ashton Locklear, bars and beam specialist, is surely not one that is ready to leave the sport.

After just barely missing the Olympic team this year, Ashton Locklear was forced to settle for an alternate position. Many wouldn’t be the most happy with this, but Ashton made the most of it. Heading to Rio with no regrets about what she had left on the floor in California at trials, Ashton was ready to give it her all in Rio. Although her chances at even getting to compete were slim, Ashton didn’t give up. Eat. Gymnastics. Sleep. This was how Ashton’s time in Rio went. With occasional time for exploration in there somewhere. However, train. Train. Train. That was she spent most of her time doing. Because the alternates are not considered a part of the team by the IOC they are not allowed to live in the village, train in the actual training facilities, or be transported the same way as the Olympic athletes. This may have made it a bit more difficult but Ashton continued to train as she always does and showed some great work on bars as you can see by clicking here . Ashton has mentioned that she has given up her scholarship to Florida to continue competing elite and has high hopes of competing in Tokyo. We wish the best of luck to Ashton on her trek to Tokyo!!

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