Kolbi Moell, 9, of Wapakoneta, flips during practice while her coach, Gloria Herring, spots her. (Staff photo/Brittany Powell)
A local 9-year-old gymnast has taken her passion to the next level and will be traveling to Des Moines, Iowa for the AAU Junior Olympic Games in July.
Since she was 2 years old, Kolbi Moell, of Wapakoneta, has been involved with dance and tumbling. For the past year, Kolbi has been working with her coach Gloria Herring, with Gloria’s Tumbling in Bellefontaine.
“I went to Gloria’s, and then I signed up for team and I went to qualifiers, and I made it, and now I can go to the Junior Olympics,” Kolbi said.
Kolbi recently attended the national championships in Columbus, which qualified her to compete. She said she is excited to be meeting other gymnasts from other teams while she is there. She said she is especially exited to be visiting the renowned gymnast coach Liang Chow’s training center during the trip.
Chow coached Kolbi’s favorite gymnast, Gabrielle Douglas, the 2012 Olympic champion. Kolbi said she likes “Gabby” because of her spirit.
For the full story, see the Friday, May 23 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.