C.J. Maestas with his grandfathers. (Courtesy StoryCorps)

StoryCorps Historias: A gymnast is supported by his grandfathers

C.J. Maestas has been training as a gymnast since he was a toddler, and his grandfathers, Frank Maestas and Frank Barela, have been at his side since the beginning.

They watched him make the U.S. men’s national gymnastics team in 2007 and supported him when he almost made the 2012 U.S. men’s Olympics team in July 2012.

The three sat down together at StoryCorps to talk about C.J.’s gymnastics career and the impact it has had on the whole family.

C.J. plans to keep competing and hopes to make the U.S. men’s Olympics team in 2016.

Recorded in Albuquerque, NM.

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