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Amarillo High Graduate Earns Alternate Spot At Olympics

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Shaylee Dunavin is only 19 years old, but she has already accomplished more than many do their whole lives.

She is currently in Rio de Janeiro with some of the most notable athletes of all time. Dunavin is a trampoline gymnast who only missed an Olympic spot by .04 points. However, since she was the second-place contender, she still got to go to Rio as an alternate.

Dunavin grew up in Amarillo and started her gymnastics career at the All-American Gym. She started college at Texas Tech University, but left during her freshman year to train in Louisiana. Dmitri Poliaroush, a competitor in the 2000 and 2004 Summer Olympics, is her coach.

Dunavin participated in two preliminary trials earlier in 2016, where her scores allowed her to advance to the USA Gymnastics Championships. She got a gold medal, but because of her scores in the prelims, she was chosen as an alternate under Nicole Ashinger from California.

The 2016 Summer Olympics begin on Friday, August 5th. Dunavin’s events will take place on August 12th and 13th, so if Ashinger is unable to compete, Shaylee will be able to step in and take her place.

It is unknown if Dunavin will train for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

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