America’s top gymnasts are competing for national championships in Des Moines

The nation’s best gymnasts are in Des Moines this week competing for national championships, but it’s not the kind of gymnastics most people are used to.This event has a little more flipping, a little more flying through the air and a little more flare.” Artistic gymnastics is the most common discipline, but what you’ll be seeing here is trampoline/tumbling, rhythmic gymnastics and acrobatic gymnastics,” said Li Li Leung, CEO and president of USA Gymnastics. Fans will see skills that are simply, hard to believe. Braiden McDougall and Angel Felix are fresh off a first-place finish in the Acrobatic Gymnastics World Cup Competition last month in Portugal.It’s easy to see why they stand out amongst their competition, considering they do handstands on top of each other’s heads. “I think about it and I’m like how does he hold me on his head,” Felix said. “He’ll put pressure on my head when I’m sitting down to feel what it feels like and I’m like ‘there’s no way I could ever do this.'”Nicole Ahsinger competes in Women’s trampoline. She’s a two-time Olympian and this event could jump start her path back to the Olympic games.”This will decide if I make world championships in Bulgaria. All this is a stepping stone to the next Olympic games,” Ahsinger said.By Saturday , National Champions will be crowned in Des Moines.”We’ve been here before and we keep coming back so that shows how great Des Moines has been to us,” Leung said.The elite gymnasts start competing Thursday at 6 pm at Wells Fargo Arena. The event runs through Saturday.Watch: Chess prodigy from Ames returns from world championship win

The nation’s best gymnasts are in Des Moines this week competing for national championships, but it’s not the kind of gymnastics most people are used to.

This event has a little more flipping, a little more flying through the air and a little more flare.

“Artistic gymnastics is the most common discipline, but what you’ll be seeing here is trampoline/tumbling, rhythmic gymnastics and acrobatic gymnastics,” said Li Li Leung, CEO and president of USA Gymnastics.

Fans will see skills that are simply, hard to believe.

Braiden McDougall and Angel Felix are fresh off a first-place finish in the Acrobatic Gymnastics World Cup Competition last month in Portugal.

It’s easy to see why they stand out amongst their competition, considering they do handstands on top of each other’s heads.

“I think about it and I’m like how does he hold me on his head,” Felix said. “He’ll put pressure on my head when I’m sitting down to feel what it feels like and I’m like ‘there’s no way I could ever do this.'”

Nicole Ahsinger competes in Women’s trampoline. She’s a two-time Olympian and this event could jump start her path back to the Olympic games.

“This will decide if I make world championships in Bulgaria. All this is a stepping stone to the next Olympic games,” Ahsinger said.

By Saturday, National Champions will be crowned in Des Moines.

“We’ve been here before and we keep coming back so that shows how great Des Moines has been to us,” Leung said.

The elite gymnasts start competing Thursday at 6 pm at Wells Fargo Arena. The event runs through Saturday.

Watch: Chess prodigy from Ames returns from world championship win

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