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Olympian inspires gymnasts at Moultrie YMCA

Olympic Gymnast Lilia Podkopayeva has been training kids at the Moultrie YMCA since Monday. (Source: WALB) Olympic Gymnast Lilia Podkopayeva has been training kids at the Moultrie YMCA since Monday. (Source: WALB)
She competed in the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta for the Ukranian team. (Source: WALB) She competed in the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta for the Ukranian team. (Source: WALB)
Since then, she has traveled around the country to inspire young athletes to pursue their dreams. (Source: WALB) Since then, she has traveled around the country to inspire young athletes to pursue their dreams. (Source: WALB)
Lilia Podkopayeva (Source: WALB) Lilia Podkopayeva (Source: WALB)
MOULTRIE, GA (WALB) -

An Olympian is helping some lucky young gymnasts in Moultrie.

Lilia Podkopayeva has been working with kids at the Moultrie YMCA since Monday. 

She competed in the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta for the Ukranian team and is the 1996 all around Olympic champion. 

Since then, she has traveled around the country to inspire young athletes to pursue their dreams. 

"I'm trying to tell them they are already winners, just to be in the gym, just to work as hard as they can. It doesn't matter how far you can go. You win right now, here in the gym," said Podkopayeva.

She said that she's really looking forward to the upcoming Rio Olympic Games, and one of her favorites this year is Aly Raisman.

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