The youngest and only female from America competing in trampoline at the 2012 London Games, 19 year old Savannah Vinsant said she felt privileged just to be there. A Lafayette native, Vinsant placed 6th overall. She said even with thousands of lights and screaming fans, she managed to keep her focus when it came down to the competition.
Vinsant explained that she took the opportunity to watch and learn from her fellow competitors, and even admitted at one point while watching the more experienced trampolinists, that she wouldn't be leaving with a medal.
"I'm good, but the other girls I was competing with were better and it was just a privilege to make it to finals because it's the Olympic games and all 16 girls that were there, deserved to be there."
She said despite not winning a medal, she was pleased about her performance and has no regrets.
"My routines, I was very pleased with how I performed so when I got done, I was even more pumped. I did the best routine I could've done and I am at the Olympic games, it doesn't get any better than that."
Vinsant said she plans on going to Rio in four years for the next Olympic Games, but plans to take it easy and focus on school during her down time. She also explained that it is very important to stay humble now that she is home.
"I don't let stuff like that get to me. I'm still the same Savannah is was if I went and fell or if I won gold."
Vinsant explained that she will never forget her time in London and said, "being involved in all of that is something that you can't really explain to anyone else. It's such an adrenaline rush and it's so exciting to just be a part of it."
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