Scott Fowler

NC gymnast Ashton Locklear has her Olympic shot Friday, Sunday

Gymnast Ashton Locklear, shown here in 2014 training on the balance beam at Everest Gymnastics in Huntersville, will try to make the Olympic gymnastics team this weekend.
Gymnast Ashton Locklear, shown here in 2014 training on the balance beam at Everest Gymnastics in Huntersville, will try to make the Olympic gymnastics team this weekend. dlaird@charlotteobserver.com

An 18-year-old gymnast who grew up in Hamlet and trains in Huntersville has a decent chance to make the U.S. Olympic women's gymnastics team this weekend.

Ashton Locklear will compete in the U.S. Olympic Trials for women's gymnastics in San Jose, Calif., starting Friday. You can watch the competition live on NBC (9-11 p.m.) The second and final day of the competition will be live Sunday on NBC (8:30-11 p.m.), with the five-woman team being named at approximately 10:45 p.m. Sunday after the competition concludes.

Locklear's specialty is the uneven bars -- she will be a threat to win an Olympic medal in Rio in that event if she can make the American team.

Locklear is thought to be on the bubble to earn a spot on the U.S. team, with four of the spots more or less set barring injury and Locklear attempting to win the fifth and final spot in a battle with 1-2 other gymnasts.

I am writing a more in-depth story on Locklear's quest that will be published Sunday in The Charlotte Observer and online.

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