Wednesday was a warm-up and meet the media day at the U.S. Olympic Trials – Gymnastics. Amber Trani, of Richlandtown, Pa. had one of the shorter commutes, living some 90 minutes outside of Philadelphia. She trains out of Parkettes in Allentown. At the 2007 Pan American Games, Trani helped the United States bring home the gold and finished second in the vault.
The gymnast spoke to us Wednesday morning about competing in her home state and overall thoughts on the competition.
How does it feel to be competing in your home state?
Trani: “No matter where you are, the arena is the same, the atmosphere is the same. It’s doesn’t really matter where you are, but it’s nice to be in the hometown.”
How will you be spending your free time in Philly?
Trani: “We come in here and workout and then we go back to the hotel to eat and rest. There is not much down time to do sightseeing or anything like that. It’s strictly business.”
What are your thoughts going into the competition?
Trani: “I think I have a shot. I am really excited to see how this all pans out. I am just going to go in and do my best. That way I won’t have to look back and wonder.”
What are your thoughts on performing at the Wachovia Center?
Trani: “It’s going to be very exciting. There are a lot of top athletes here and everyone is amazing. It’s going to be great to have the crowd and everyone behind us.”