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Local gymnast determined to compete in 2020 Olympics in Tokyo

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Tucson- Angel Leon would have loved to have been a part of the the 2016 Summer Games in Rio but the young Tucson gymnast is willing to wait to fulfill his Olympic dreams.

Leon is 16 years old and says he first began thinking about becoming an Olympic champion when he was five. Since then he has traveled a carefully planned course which he believes will lead him to gold in Tokyo, Japan in 2020.

Leon competes in the all round competition, which means he does it all and he's good at it. Among his many victories, he is a two time Junior National Champion. Leon said reaching this level has come with hard work and great sacrifice.  

"I train three and a half hours a day, five days a week", said Leon, "Right after school I go straight to the gym, there's no time in between, I get home, I do homework, I go to bed, it's the same routine every day."

Leon is determined to become second Olympic gymnast from Tucson to win gold. In 1996 Kerri Strug was part of the women's gymnastics team that captured gold in Atlanta. Leon's coach, Yoichi Tomita, said he believes Angel has what it takes to get to Tokyo.

"He is a very dedicated young man and he has trained in gymnastics since he was 5 years old and he has progressed very, very nicely", said Tomita, "So we expect a big thing out of him in the future."

Leon said capturing gold isn't his only goal.

"To make Yoichi proud, make my parents proud", Leon said, "It's what I have wanted for a really long time, ever since I started, I really wanted to make the Olympics.

The number of gymnasts selected for the Olympics will change for the 2020 games. Six athletes will be selected for the team but only four will compete for their country in Tokyo.

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