America’s top gymnasts are competing for national championships in Des Moines

The best gymnasts in the country are in Des Moines this week competing for the national championships, but it’s not the kind of gymnastics most people are used to. Artistic gymnastics is the most common discipline, but what you’ll see here are trampoline/tumbling, rhythmic gymnastics and acrobatic gymnastics,” said Li Li Leung, CEO and President of USA Gymnastics. Fans will see skills that are just hard to believe. Braiden McDougall and Angel Felix have just won first place in the Acrobatic Gymnastics World Cup last month in Portugal. “I think about it and wonder how it holds me on the head,” Felix said. “He’ll put pressure on my head when I sit down to feel how it feels and I’m like ‘there’s no way I could ever do that.'” Nicole Ahsinger competes in women’s trampoline. She is a two-time Olympian and this event could jump-start her path to the Olympics. “It will decide if I do world championships in Bulgaria. It’s all a stepping stone to the next Olympics,” Ahsinger said. The national champions will be crowned in Des Moines. “We’ve been here before and keep coming back, which shows how great Des Moines has been for us,” Leung told Arena. The event runs until Saturday. Watch: The Ames chess prodigy returns after winning the world championship

The best gymnasts in the country are in Des Moines this week competing for the national championships, but it’s not the kind of gymnastics most people are used to.

This event has a little more flip, a little more mid-air flight, and a little more flare.

“Artistic gymnastics is the most common discipline, but what you’ll see here are trampoline/tumbling, rhythmic gymnastics and acrobatic gymnastics,” said Li Li Leung, CEO and President of USA Gymnastics.

Fans will see skills that are just hard to believe.

Braiden McDougall and Angel Felix have just finished first in the Acrobatic Gymnastics World Cup last month in Portugal.

It’s easy to see why they stand out from their competitors, given that they stand on top of each other.

“I think about it and wonder how he’s got me on my head,” Felix said. “He’ll put pressure on my head when I’m sitting down to feel how it feels and I’m like ‘there’s no way I could ever do that.'”

Nicole Ahsinger competes in the women’s trampoline. She was a two-time Olympian and this event could jump-start her path to the Olympics.

“It will decide if I do world championships in Bulgaria. All of this is a stepping stone to the next Olympics,” Ahsinger said.

By Saturday, the national champions will be crowned in Des Moines.

“We’ve been here before and keep coming back, which shows how great Des Moines has been for us,” Leung said.

Elite gymnasts begin competition Thursday at 6 p.m. at Wells Fargo Arena. The event runs until Saturday.

Watch: Ames chess prodigy returns after world championship win

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