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Road work paying off for gymnast

Excelling in a given sport is always a long road, full of hard work and sacrifices.

Hannah Greenstreet’s road is longer than most.

The Glenwood Springs High School freshman takes a 11⁄2-hour bus ride up Highway 82 to Aspen four days a week in pursuit of her dream of a Division I college gymnastics scholarship.

The typical day for Greenstreet begins with school during the day, followed by a RFTA trip to Aspen and three hours of training with the Silver City Gymnastics team. After practice she catches a ride with a teammate to El Jebel where her mom, Kristin, meets her, and it’s back home to finish homework and recharge enough for the same thing the next day.

All told, Greenstreet spends roughly 22 hours a week either en route to, or working out in the gym.

And that’s just practice.

On the weekends – at least during the competitive season, which runs January through April – there is generally a meet, often at a Front Range locale.

In Greenstreet’s view, however, the trip each day is worth it.

“Gymnastics is my life,” she said. “I’ve dedicated my life to gymnastics.

“If I’ve had a bad day, I go to the gym and I’m better,” she added. “It’s what makes me happy, I guess.”

And the hard work seems to be paying off. Greenstreet already qualified for the state meet to be held March 23 after winning the Senior division of the all-around recently at the Pikes Peak Cup in Colorado Springs.

She was first in bars and floor routines and third and fourth, respectively, in the beam and vault events. All her marks were 9.05 or higher.

Greenstreet is certainly focused on her goal of being a collegiate gymnast, although, with her specific goal, gymnastics is just a part of equation.

“I want to go to Stanford and get a gymnastics scholarship,” Greenstreet said. “I’m setting my hopes high. … Stanford is kind of my dream I guess.”

With a 4.0 grade point average – she gets most of her homework done during her commute to practice – a spot at one of the most elite schools in the country may not be out of reach.

As to the sacrifices her social life takes with such a busy schedule, Greenstreet doesn’t think she’s missing anything that isn’t worth the tradeoff.

“My friends at school are really supportive of me. They understand,” she said.

“Gymnastics is worth anything.”

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