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HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -
Garrett George enjoys "flipping out."
"I like that you can flip. It's kind of fun," said Garrett.
Six days a week, two hours a day, Garrett works to perfect his fun at the Matrix Gym in Huntsville. At 47 inches tall and 52 pounds, the 8-year-old is a tumbling and trampoline dynamo.
His love for the sports started one day two years ago when he logged on to a computer.
"I think I saw some people on Youtube, and I was interested a little bit in it," he said.
That interest blossomed into skill, and it is his extraordinary skill on the floor as well as the trampoline that has earned this third grader several gold medals and national recognition. Not just any recognition, but Olympic recognition.
"I thought it was really cool," said Garrett.
He recently competed in the Junior Olympics and is the current national champion for his age group. He is also one of eight boys in the country to be selected as a member of the USA Gymnastics JumpStart national team.
"Garrett at his age is doing skills that some kids even older, 12 years old, are not able to accomplish, and he's done it in a very short time," said head coach Joy Umenhofer.
However, he says he sees more than back flips and twists in his future. He wants to be an actor one day, just like Bruce Lee.
Based on Garrett's karate moves, he will have no problem getting his break in Hollywood. Garrett has the looks, and a black belt in karate.
"You get to do kicks and it's fun," he said.
He has accomplished so much in his short years, including maintaining straight A's in school. We asked how does he balance being on top of his game in everything he does?
"Maybe because I'm smart," said George.
So, for being smart and rising to meet every challenge successfully, Garrett George is a WAFF 48 Star Student.