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POWAY (CBS 8) - Nicole Ahsinger has a little more bounce to the ounce than the average 16-year-old. In fact, she's been jumpy in a Poway gym for quite a few years.

"My dad brought me when I was like three or four years old and then, right after one practice I was like, 'I want to go to the Olympics,'" she said.

Every week, Nicole spent 20 or more hours in the gym twisting and turning, flipping and flexing into a finely tuned trampoline titan, all under the guidance of her coach, Steve Rosko.

"She shows up every day most of the time twice a day, super focused, laser like. Hard work. She does everything, a good athlete," Steve said.

When Nicole first shared her Olympic dreams with the family, even mom was a bit skeptical.

"When she first said it, I though she was just cute and said, 'You're so cute.' But you know it's never wavered for 13 years. It has never wavered," she said.

All the practices, all the competitions started to pay off four years ago, when the junior from Scripps Ranch High School bounced her way onto the US Junior National Team. Then it was on to Daytona Beach, where she won the junior elite competition and earned herself a spot on the US Youth Olympic Team. They will competing next month in Nanjing, China, another stop on road to her Olympic dream.

"Now I'm to the point where I believe her. I think she's most definitely going to make it," her mother said.

"2016 could be a shot. I think maybe I have a better shot at the 2020 Olympics," Nicole said.

Soaring 20 feet above the trampoline, the fervor of Nicole's Olympic dream is only interrupted by the occasional gravitational pull. But she'll bounce back, time after time, until she reaches her lifelong goal.

Some of the footage used in this video report was shot using a GoPro camera.

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