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Young Artistic Gymnast Fulfills Her Dream

By Roger Mari

WAIPIO (KHNL) -- Four years ago, we featured a young gymnast determined to fulfill her dream of becoming an Olympian. Now at age 14, Randi Lau has her sights set on London and the 2012 summer games.

In 2006, a back injury put her dreams on hold.

With no one to give her a second chance in Hawaii, she moved to Texas last year to start all over, but the distance between her and her parents was too much.

Last March, a return home and training at a gym in Waipio.

The owner brought in two of Russia's best gymnasts to teach in Hawaii. Eduard Rizvanov and three time Olympian Yulia Rodina.

"I'm trying to provide a gym that you can have the highest quality of gymnastics and the best level of gymnastics so I brought them in because I believe they can provide that for the kids," said Dan Misener, owner of What's Up Gymnastics.

She tried other sports including basketball after her injury, but it wasn't where her heart was at.

"I liked it but it just didn't seem right not being able to be in the gym and I know where I'm supposed to be," said Lau.

Randi credits her new coaches for revamping her gymnastics career in such a short time.

"They've done so much for me, so many hours, so much commitment, so much stuff to do in the gym," said Lau.

She repays them by winning.

Last weekend, Randi Lau took first place at a major competition in Texas.

"I try build now Randi so now you see the results she is first on the competition and I'm very happy about this."

She's athletic, dedicated and might be the future of artistic gymnastics in Hawaii.

"From Hawaii, she's the best. In the region she's the best, and I think she's going to start proving it in the nation she's close to the best," said trainer Yulia Rodina.

Representing Hawaii, her coaches and her new gym, this young athlete is poised to represent her country at the 2012 Olympics.

Randi Lau's first place finish Saturday qualified her to represent Hawaii at the 2008 visa U.S. Championships in Texas.

The competition is in two weeks.

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