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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The USA Gymnastics Championships are going on through July 19, and some very talented Olympic hopefuls are in Louisville competing to win a national title.

It's a first for Louisville and a first for USA Gymnastics to have three national championships going on at the same time.

"I go in the morning before school from 6:30 to 8:30 and then I go to school and then I have practice at night from 6 to 9 every day," said acrobatic gymnast Kiley Boynton.

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The athletes will soon see if their hard work pays off. Spectators can catch three events including Rhythmic, Acrobatic, and Tumbling and Trampoline.

"To have 1,600 athletes and have their family and friends and support groups in our town at the same time is a great thing," said Karl Schmitt, with the Louisville Sports Commission.

Alex Renkert, a senior elite gymnast from Indianapolis, is not too far from home competing in tumbling and double mini trampoline.

"It's also another opportunity to qualify for World Championships, which is this November, which that takes place in the U.S. this year, so it is a big year for USA Gymnastics," said Renkert.

Schmitt says hosting an event like this is also a competition for the city as Louisville hopes to someday welcome the U.S. Olympic trials.

"I guess you could say I'm a little bit an adrenalin junkie," said senior elite gymnast Logan Dooley.

Dooley was an alternate for the 2012 Olympic Games in Trampoline and Tumbling and hopes with a good showing in Louisville, he will keep the momentum going to hopefully head to Rio in 2016.

"Right now I am currently ranked seventh in the world, so the top 16 in the world get a spot for the Olympics, so it is looking fairly good at this moment," said Dooley.

Thursday kicks off the senior elite competition at the KFC Yum Center and also at the Kentucky International Convention Center. Tickets are $20 to $25.

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