"I always liked to be upside down so Mom put me in a class (at the age of 4) and I liked it."
Ten years later, 14-year-old Hannah Norman from the Mohawk Valley is a standout gymnast.
"I got first place in regionals this year on the balance beam," Norman said, but her favorite event is bars by far.
"I just love the feeling of it and I have been getting a lot better everyday pretty much."
Aiming for Level-10 status by the end of the year, the kid who also loves archery, has an Olympic-style nickname to boot, coined by her coach.
"One time at a meet I did really good and he kept yelling 'Stormin' Norman!' and I was competing."
Stormin' Norman trains at the new location of the National Academy of Artistic Gymnastics in Eugene.
"The new gym doesn't smell as bad," Norman chuckled.
The better smelling academy is still home to some highly accomplished local gymnasts from the past and Hannah recalls seeing some of the big names as she was beginning to learn the sport.
"I remember when I was in the little classes watching Jami Lanz and Casey Jo Magee."
Give it a couple more years and maybe Norman can storm her way to an Oregon State uniform as well.
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