Ryan Orce is dedicated to his sport. Blessed with a gymnasts body, big heart and tireless work effort, Ryan recently qualified for the Junior Olympics. But qualifying for the Junior Olympics comes with a big responsibility and a bigger price tag. The Oregon Convention Center hosted the Junior Olympics this year and Portland, Oregon isn’t exactly around the corner from Gainesville, Florida. But money and location were not going to be an obstacle to the 15 year old gymnast from Gainesville. Ryan and his mother made the close to 3,00o mile trek to Oregon at the end of April for the event. In Portland, Ryan competed against hundreds of other skilled level 9 gymnasts who had also qualified for the event from gyms and locations all around the country. On day 1 of the event, Ryan qualified for individual events that take place on day 2. Day 2 turned out to be Ryan’s time to shine. Ryan competed individually, with the top 48 qualifying other athletes, on parallel bars and rings. He took 2nd place on parallel bars and 3rd place on rings. Both are outstanding achievements for Ryan but his goals are a bit more lofty. Ryan said, “It would be really cool to go to the Olympics and that’s my main goal… be able to get a nice scholarship for college and be able to go to the Olympics would be really nice but maybe, maybe not”.