Young Gymnast With Prosthetic Leg Is Breaking Boundaries | NBC Nightly News


FORCE WITH DREAMS OF
ONE DAY COMPETING IN
THE OLYMPICS. ONE DAY COMPETING IN
THE OLYMPICS.
THE YOUNG GYM NASNASTICS THE OLYMPICS. THE YOUNG GYM NASNASTICS STAR BREAKING THE YOUNG GYM NASNASTICS STAR BREAKING BOUNDARIES AND STAR BREAKING BOUNDARIES AND INSPIRING AMERICA. BOUNDARIES AND INSPIRING AMERICA.>>>AVERY MITCHELL INSPIRING AMERICA.>>>AVERY MITCHELL TUMBLES SO FAST YOU>>>AVERY MITCHELL TUMBLES SO FAST YOU BARELY NOTICE HER TUMBLES SO FAST YOU BARELY NOTICE HER PROSTHETIC LEG. BARELY NOTICE HER PROSTHETIC LEG.>>I LIKE TO BE MOVING PROSTHETIC LEG.>>I LIKE TO BE MOVING AND STAY ACTIVE AND>>I LIKE TO BE MOVING AND STAY ACTIVE AND GYMNASTICS IS A GOOD AND STAY ACTIVE AND GYMNASTICS IS A GOOD WAY TO DO THAT. GYMNASTICS IS A GOOD WAY TO DO THAT.>>Reporter: ACHIEVING WAY TO DO THAT.>>Reporter: ACHIEVING SO MUCH MORE THAN HER>>Reporter: ACHIEVING SO MUCH MORE THAN HER PARENTS EVER IMAGINED SO MUCH MORE THAN HER PARENTS EVER IMAGINED WHEN SHE HAD HER LEG PARENTS EVER IMAGINED WHEN SHE HAD HER LEG AMPUTATED WHEN SHE WAS WHEN SHE HAD HER LEG AMPUTATED WHEN SHE WAS 2. AMPUTATED WHEN SHE WAS 2.>>I WAS DETERMINED 2.>>I WAS DETERMINED THAT SHE WAS NOT GOING>>I WAS DETERMINED THAT SHE WAS NOT GOING TO BE LABELED AS THAT SHE WAS NOT GOING TO BE LABELED AS DISABLED. TO BE LABELED AS DISABLED.>>Reporter: WHEN SHE DISABLED.>>Reporter: WHEN SHE WAS 4, HER MOM TOOK>>Reporter: WHEN SHE WAS 4, HER MOM TOOK HER TO A GYMNASTICS WAS 4, HER MOM TOOK HER TO A GYMNASTICS CLASS. HER TO A GYMNASTICS CLASS.>>NEVER IN MY WILDEST CLASS.>>NEVER IN MY WILDEST DREAMS DID I WOULD>>NEVER IN MY WILDEST DREAMS DID I WOULD EVER THINK THAT SHE DREAMS DID I WOULD EVER THINK THAT SHE WOULD BE AS GREAT AS EVER THINK THAT SHE WOULD BE AS GREAT AS SHE IS. WOULD BE AS GREAT AS SHE IS.>>SHES TOOK IT A LOT SHE IS.>>SHES TOOK IT A LOT FURTHER THAN I THOUGHT>>SHES TOOK IT A LOT FURTHER THAN I THOUGHT SHE WOULD. FURTHER THAN I THOUGHT SHE WOULD.>>WELL, THESE ARE A SHE WOULD.>>WELL, THESE ARE A FEW OF MY MEDALS.>>WELL, THESE ARE A FEW OF MY MEDALS.>>Reporter: NOW 11, FEW OF MY MEDALS.>>Reporter: NOW 11, AFTER PLACING SIXTH IN>>Reporter: NOW 11, AFTER PLACING SIXTH IN THE STATE, SHES AFTER PLACING SIXTH IN THE STATE, SHES HEADED TO NATIONALS THE STATE, SHES HEADED TO NATIONALS WITH HER TEAM. HEADED TO NATIONALS WITH HER TEAM. LIKE ALL GYMNASTS, WITH HER TEAM. LIKE ALL GYMNASTS, SHES HAD INJURIES AND LIKE ALL GYMNASTS, SHES HAD INJURIES AND KNEE BRACE SLOWS DOWN SHES HAD INJURIES AND KNEE BRACE SLOWS DOWN HER RUNNING BUT NOT KNEE BRACE SLOWS DOWN HER RUNNING BUT NOT HER DRIVE. HER RUNNING BUT NOT HER DRIVE.>>THIS IS HOW ITS HER DRIVE.>>THIS IS HOW ITS GOING TO BE AND IVE>>THIS IS HOW ITS GOING TO BE AND IVE JUST GOT TO DEAL WITH GOING TO BE AND IVE JUST GOT TO DEAL WITH IT. JUST GOT TO DEAL WITH IT. THATS HOW I THINK OF IT. THATS HOW I THINK OF EVERYTHING. THATS HOW I THINK OF EVERYTHING.>>Reporter: AND EVERYTHING.>>Reporter: AND ALWAYS BY HER SIDE,>>Reporter: AND ALWAYS BY HER SIDE, HER DOG HATTIE MAY, ALWAYS BY HER SIDE, HER DOG HATTIE MAY, SHES MISSING HER HER DOG HATTIE MAY, SHES MISSING HER RIGHT LEG, TOO. SHES MISSING HER RIGHT LEG, TOO.>>IF YOU HAVE A RIGHT LEG, TOO.>>IF YOU HAVE A PROSTHETIC LEG, DONT>>IF YOU HAVE A PROSTHETIC LEG, DONT LET IT BE A WALL. PROSTHETIC LEG, DONT LET IT BE A WALL. YOU CANT BREAK THIS LET IT BE A WALL. YOU CANT BREAK THIS LEG — WELL, YOU CAN YOU CANT BREAK THIS LEG — WELL, YOU CAN BUT IT WONT HURT AS LEG — WELL, YOU CAN BUT IT WONT HURT AS BAD. BUT IT WONT HURT AS BAD.>>AVERYS BIG DREAMS BAD.>>AVERYS BIG DREAMS NOW, THE UNIVERSITY OF>>AVERYS BIG DREAMS NOW, THE UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA AND THE NOW, THE UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA AND THE OLYMPICS. OKLAHOMA AND THE OLYMPICS.>>I DONT FEEL LIKE OLYMPICS.>>I DONT FEEL LIKE AN INSPIRATION BUT IF>>I DONT FEEL LIKE AN INSPIRATION BUT IF I AM AN INSPIRATION TO

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