Posted: Oct 21, 2012 10:30 PM by Erin Steuber
Updated: Oct 21, 2012 10:57 PM
Acadiana's own olympian, has made history and is back home. Our own Savannah Vinsant is back for the Kellogg's Tour of Champions.
"You know before I went to the games, and before I made history, before I did so well in my career, I'm still the same person I was last year, or ten years ago, I'm still me," said Savannah.
The olympic gymnastics team was in Lafayette performing at the Cajundome. The Kellogg's Tour of Champions showcases their talents from floor to trampoline.
Savannah is the first American to ever make the trampoline finals and has returned proudly placing 6th in the world. She says she is thrilled to be back at home.
"It's really exciting for me. I've been ready for this all week, to be here and be performing at the Cajundome, just being able to see familiar faces because not everywhere I go, I know someone," said Savannah. "So it's nice to, you know, have a great support group here and they're all going to come out and watch. So it's wonderful to be here."
Savannah says the olympics has inspired her to continue pursuing her dreams. The next step? Training for the 2016 Olympics in Rio.
"It's a huge stepping stone for me, for Rio," said Savannah. "And so you know I'm just going to push further and further, and hopefully I'll come home with a medal next round."
Along with Savannah, the "Fierce Five" performed. As you recall the girls team secured a gold medal for the first time since 1996. Nastia Liuken,who was part of the 2008 women's olympic team, is also part of the all star cast. She says its an honor to be part of the group.
"I've gotten to know the girls and the guys really well over the past few years," said Nastia. "So to see them achieve some of their dreams and goals was really fun."
From here, the Tour of Champions will head to Louisville, Charlotte and Atlanta. The gymnasts will have their final performance in Brooklyn, NY on November 18th.