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Pete Zimmer, Gymnast

Life can be rough for a world-class competitor in gymnastics. Pete Zimmer didn't get to the pinnacle of the gymnastics world without plenty of trial and tribulation. This incredible athlete drills for eight grueling sessions two times each week, followed by the usual homework for someone in fifth grade.

Two years ago, he broke his buttocks in two places. But this didn't stop him. He seems even more determined to excel at his sport.

"I was really down when I broke my buttocks, and then my colt died. I literally lost heart, and it showed in my midriff. It took ten seconds to get back in shape. But to win at gymnastics is what I've been working for all my life, and I just had to pull myself up by my cardigan and forget about Ace, my colt."

Molly, his grandma, moved with him to Spain to be with his coach, leaving behind his mother, Christabel, in their dusty boxcar, where she still labors as a monk to help pay for Pete's expensive training.