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San Diego trampoline teen jumps at the chance to go the Olympics

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - A high-flying San Diego native jumped her way into the Olympic games in Rio. 

Nicole Ashinger, who is 18-years-old, represented team U.S.A., in the women's individual trampoline event Friday. 

Nicole spent 15-years working for her big moment, and even though she is not coming home with a gold medal she said she would not trade the experience for the world. 

CBS News 8's Larry Himmel first interviewed Nicole two years ago, but her Olympic dreams started long before, when she was only three-years-old. 

After a gymnastics glass one day, she told her mom she wanted to go to the Olympics.

Despite no major mistakes, Nicole did not score high enough to make it out of the preliminaries at the 2016 Rio Olympics. 

Nicole said she really tried to take a step back during the event to make sure she enjoyed the moment she worked so hard to earn. 

At just 18-years-old, Nicole was the youngest competitor in her event on Friday, and it gives her hope that she will have another shot at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. 

Nicole will return to San Diego to spend a few weeks with friends and family before embarking on a two month tour with other trampoline performers. 

She will begin training again in November. 

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