North Carolina gymnast makes replacement team for Olympics

Ashton Locklear competes on the balance beam during the women's U.S. Olympic gymnastics trials in San Jose, Calif., Friday, July 8, 2016. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
Ashton Locklear competes on the balance beam during the women's U.S. Olympic gymnastics trials in San Jose, Calif., Sunday, July 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
Ashton Locklear competes on the balance beam during the women’s U.S. Olympic gymnastics trials in San Jose, Calif., Sunday, July 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

SAN JOSE, CA (WNCN) – A North Carolina teenager came close to earning one of five coveted spots on the US Women’s Gymnastics team.

Ashton Locklear will now be headed to the 2016 Olympic competition in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil as one of three replacement athletes.

Locklear, 18, was born in Lumberton. She now calls Hamlet, N.C. home.

She trains at Everest Gymnastics in Huntersville.

The gym’s Facebook page had a message of congratulations and photo posted on it early Monday morning.

“What an amazing adventure!” the post read.

Fourteen competitors faced off at Sunday’s U.S. Olympic trial in San Jose, CA.

Ashton Locklear competes on the uneven bars during the women's U.S. Olympic gymnastics trials in San Jose, Calif., Sunday, July 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
Ashton Locklear competes on the uneven bars during the women’s U.S. Olympic gymnastics trials in San Jose, Calif., Sunday, July 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Simone Biles, Aly Raisman, Laurie Hernandez, Gabby Douglas and Madison Kocian were named by the selection committee to represent Team USA at next month’s Olympic Games in Rio.

Ashton Locklear, Ragan Smith and MyKayla Skinner will serve as the three replacement athletes for Team USA.

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