Dianne Soria-Galvarro might be one of the most remarkable emerging gymnasts you’ve probably never heard of.

The young athlete, a resident of Sahuarita, competed at the 2015 South American Gymnastics Championships in Columbia last June and represented Bolivia to finish with the 23rd place in the all-around event.

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Soria-Galvarro, a Bolivian-born athlete who holds dual citizenship, is considered a newcomer in gymnastics, she familiarized herself with the sport while attending her classes at Sahuarita Middle School 5 years ago.

The 17-year-old young athlete, whose family moved to Bolivia ten years ago, was discovered by Bolivian coaches when she paid a visit to her relatives a few years ago.
She caught the attention of the coaches as she was performing her workouts which earned her the invitation to try out for the Bolivian team.

The young athlete displayed her dominance at the Bolivian nationals, capturing considerable amount of gold medals in various events, including the all-around event. Her triumph earned her the opportunity to compete at the South American Championships last June.

However, her next competition will overshadow any other competition she has been involved in. Soria-Galvarro will compete for Bolivia at the 2015 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Glasgow, Scotland later this month.

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Three other teammates, along with her were picked to participate in the competition, which would be attended by 500 gymnasts from various other countries, together with two top American gymnasts — 2012 Olympic gold medallist Gabrielle Douglas and 2014 World all-around champion Simone Biles.

17-year-old young gymnast said that she feels overjoyed to have the opportunity to compete in a top-class competition.

“The most important thing for me is to try and keep my calm because I’ve never really competed against girls at this level before, and it’s a really big meet for me,” she said.

Olympics bound?

Soria-Galvarro could earn a spot for next year’s Rio Olympics with a strong finish at the upcoming World Championships or at the Rio 2016 Test Event in April. She said competing on the sport’s biggest stage would be a dream come true.

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“Getting to compete with my idols and the girls I’ve seen on TV would be amazing,” she said. “I remember watching the 2012 Olympics in London and saying, ‘Whoa, I want to be like them!’ And now I am competing with them, so it’s really great.”

Her father, Alfred, has a big confidence in her daughter and believes that she can do anything when it comes to gymnastics.

“She’s put in a lot of hard work, effort and faith, and it takes a lot of things to get where she is now,” he said. “Dianne’s received a blessing and has a unique opportunity to really develop and show off those talents internationally. We’re really proud of her.”

Long Training Hours

For the past 2 years, Soria-Galvarro trained with Gina Mueller Martin at Arizona Dynamics Gymnastics and Tumbling in Tucson. She trains for six days a week with only one day off per week. Martin said that the young athlete has shown significant improvements since the time she started training with her.

“She came to our gym without a lot of experience. She was talented but didn’t have the right kind of work ethic for gymnastics,” Martin said. “But she’s since bought into her coaching and worked really hard. It’s been great to see her develop into a strong athlete who works for what she has.”

The 17-year-old young athlete spends over 25 hours of training per week with Martin. However, she’s not bothered about the large amount of time being spent flourishing her routine because of her love for the sport.

“There are some days where I’m like, ‘I don’t want to do anything, I’m so sore,'” she said. “But the satisfaction you get when you finally do something right, and you tell yourself, ‘Finally, I’ve worked so hard, I’ve got it now!’ It just gives you this uplift, it’s amazing.”

She finished her high school education while she’s training in gymnastics by means of online courses.

She’s hoping that her competitive experience will earn her an athletic college scholarship. As of now, her focus is directed towards next week’s gymnastics World Championships in Glasgow.

“It’s going to be an exciting experience because you’re representing your country and seeing people in the stands waving your flag,” she said. “I get goosebumps just thinking about it.”

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