ELKRIDGE, Md. - It was obvious Mitchell Rachuba was born to be a gymnast. His mother said he was the kind of kid who would hang from the living room chandelier.
She called him “the boy who wouldn’t stay still.”
He started out in a mommy-and-me gymnastics course at 18 months old.
“She went to the gym with me and would take me around and it just kind of grew from there,” Rachuba said.
He won his first medal when he was just 6 years old. At 11, he made a U.S. National Gymnastics Team and became a champion.
And now the high school junior is realistically eyeing an Olympic tryout. The Mount Saint Joseph 16-year-old trains every night of the week at Paragon Gymnastics in Elkridge.
"I love it, its hard work, but this is my life", said Rachuba
His goals are clear.
“College gymnastics are pretty big,” Rachuba said. “I want to try to get in a big school. But the ultimate goal is the Olympics.”
Rachuba said he’s bugging his coach for a road trip next summer.
“You can’t get to the Olympics until you’re 18 and I’m going to try to go to the trials when I’m a senior. That summer after my senior year will be the first chance that I have to do it”