GILBERT, Ariz. - Only 125 days until the Olympic Games in Brazil and Gilbert gymnast, Alex Naddour, has a new support team. Fans are used to watching Naddour kill-it on the rings, pommel horse and vault but ahead of the games in Rio, he is working on a new skill: Fatherhood.
"I'm living it and loving it," said Naddour.
In February, Naddour and his wife welcomed their first daughter, Lilah.
"Even last Olympics, it's a completely different dynamic," said Naddour.
Different is right -- training, eating and sleeping can be difficult for any new parent, but with the help of his wife, Hollie, who is also a gymnast, Alex is able to keep his focus on Rio.
"Hollie has really helped out with taking care of her when she knows I have a hard day of training," said Alex Naddour. "Really, my training has been as good or probably even better now because I'm pushing even harder."
The team heading to Brazil won't be decided until late June at the Olympic Trials in St. Louis. Alex has a few competitions before then, hoping to prove himself to the selection committee.
"As of right now, I'm probably in better shape and hitting routines cleaner than 2012," he said.
It's amazing what can change in just four years. A new husband and father has a new chance to make his dream of becoming an Olympic gymnast reality.
"I got motivation from my wife now, my daughter," said Alex Naddour. "I'm pushing everything I have. There's no stone not turned, basically."
This coming week, Alex heads to Washington for the Pacific Rim Championships. He is one of just six U.S. gymnasts selected to compete.