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Local gymnast places third in nationals
S-Chloe Pressley
Chloe Pressley competed this summer at the AAU Nationals in gymnastics.

Dawson County High School sophomore Chloe Pressley has been a gymnast for more than a decade.

Chloe is only 15, but started the sport at just 16 months of age.

This summer she traveled to Orlando to compete in the 2016 Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) Gymnastics National Championships June 30 through July 3 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

She placed third all around and second on balance beam.

"It was a pretty big deal to win third or higher at nationals," Chloe said.

In the nationals she was fourth in vault with an 8.95, fifth on the bars at 8.0, fourth on the floor with a 9.4 and second on beam with a score of 9.25. Her overall score of 35.6 put her in third.

She's currently a level 7 gymnast in a system that has 10 levels of competition.

The event was an age group national championship and around 45 gymnasts from all over the country competed at level 7.

"I want to try to be a level 9 this year so I have colleges look at me," she said.

Chloe said she does not have Olympic aspirations as she is realistic about what that would take.

"I don't think I would enjoy it. It would be too much stress on my body. It would take a lot of time out of my life," she said.

She already spends about 20 hours a week on her gymnastics, according to her mom Deven Pressley.

"I am very proud of her," she said.

Deven Pressley was also a gymnast and began coaching at the age of 16. She is a director at Cumming Recreation and Parks Department working with Cumming Gymsations out of Dobbs Creek Recreation Center.

Chloe does hope to compete at the next level when she finishes high school.

"College gymnastics I guess would be pretty fun."

Though she has been involved in gymnastics since before she was two years old, she knows that what she is doing is hazardous.

"Yeah, it's dangerous," she said. "but I feel comfortable I know what I am doing.

"It's just adrenaline I guess I like."