Young Gymnast Dreams of Olympic Gold

Some kids look forward to the newest video game coming out. Others are eager for a new iPhone. Corona Foothills Middle School sixth-grader Luke Bender dreams of Olympic gold. As Arizona’s current Level 6 All-Around Champion in men’s gymnastics, he is well on his way!

Luke grew up surrounded by gymnasts. At 3, he decided to try it too. He stuck with it and eventually ended up competing in Phoenix for the first time. Since then, he also has competed in places like Las Vegas and his favorite, San Diego. On one of his trips he met Olympic medalist Simone Biles.

Luke is an honor student who also loves playing basketball and encouraging his teammates. If you have Luke-sized dreams, he has a few words to encourage you too: “Just try your best and keep pushing.” 

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