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Champion Gymnast With Down Syndrome Becomes A Stunning Model Inspiring People Across The World

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Champion Gymnast With Down Syndrome Becomes A Stunning Model Inspiring People Across The World

22-year-old Chelsea Werner is a gymnast with mesmerizing abilities. She is a four-time national champion and also has Down syndrome.

The young woman from California started doing gymnastics as a way of strengthening her muscles as down syndrome left her with a low muscle tone. However, only 4 years later this incredible lady was training for the Special Olympics!

Her parents set out to find a top level coach to work with Chelsea as they saw how much their daughter loved gymnastics and how much she had accomplished in just four years  They found Dawn Pombo who saw the potential in Chelsea and admired how hard she worked to achieve her dreams.

 

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Happy 4th of July 🇺🇸 🇺🇸 🇺🇸 So proud to represent my country! USA 🇺🇸

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Training was challenging as Chelsea would have to take regular breaks and complained that her stomach hurt.

Coach Pombo said she could barely walk on the balance beam one direction and back without falling. Pombo revealed to Today, “I would say to her parents, ‘I’m going to try to teach her, you know, a back handspring. They’re like, ‘Oh, there’s no way. Are you kidding?’ No, I think she can do it.”

 

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So exciting to have my first meet of 2019 yesterday 💕 My teammates and I took First Place 🥇🏆

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Determined to prove her talent, a dedicated Chelsea began training for 16 hours a day. Coach Pombo revealed she pushed Chelsea as hard as any other gymnast she had trained as she saw a lot of potential in her to be great.

All that hard work and determination has paid off as Chelsea has now won four national championships at the Special Olympics and the International Down Syndrome Foundation World Championships title. She also appeared as a special guest at this year’s NCAA women’s gymnastics championship.

 

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Smiling is what I do best 💕photo by @rajat hair and makeup @yaviviartistry @wespeakny Modeling Agency

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Currently, Chelsea has her eyes set on modeling. She has been featured on the cover of Teen Vogue, walked in New York Fashion Week and traveled across the world for big-brand campaigns.

“I have always loved being in front of the camera – that’s where I got the nickname ‘Showtime.’ Whenever there is a camera or an audience I am at my best. I also love the travel. My first modeling job was for H&M and I filmed it in Havana, Cuba,” Chelsea stated proudly.

 

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Speaking of her view on being a role model, she revealed, “I love it! Many times I hear it from parents of young children. If I can help give anyone hope that makes me very happy and proud!”

Chelsea has a truly inspirational life story. She, her family and her coach have refused to let her condition get in the way and allowed her to achieve her dreams.

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