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Midlothian gymnast chooses college over Olympics

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MIDLOTHIAN, VA (WWBT) - Alex McMurtry is a champion, but she will never be an Olympian.

The rising Sophomore at James River High School has won two national level 10 championships, the highest amateur title in the United States.  But faced with a difficult decision, she chose her childhood, over a quest for gold.

McMurtry was invited to participate in the Elite gymnastics camps - where girls like Olympic Gold Medal winners Gabby Douglas, Kyla Ross, and the rest of the Fab 5 - all practice and worked their way to the Olympic team.  McMurtry says she's friends with many of them, and know them well.  But the 8 hour days, and time away from home and school, did not suit McMurtry.  She realized she had a choice to make - pick going to public high school, or make a go of the Olympics.

For McMurtry, she chose her home, and her friends.  But she was also thinking about her future.

McMurtry's biggest wish is to play college gymnastics - something she's have to give up if she dedicated herself to Elite camps.  Now she's one of the most sought-after gymnastics recruits for her age - with schools like Stanford, Georgia & Alabama inquiring about her.

She's currently rehabbing at her gym, the Richmond Olympiad, after suffering a stress fracture in the back.  Even though she knows that she could be representing Team USA in London right now, she'll still be rooting for her friends every step of the way.  Because she has intimate knowledge about what it costs to get there.

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