NANJING, China, Aug. 18 (Xinhua) -- As the first gymnast from Cayman Islands to compete internationally, Morgan Lloyd is making history for her National Olympic Committee (NOC).
"It's really cool and inspiring to the other gymnasts below me," said Lloyd of her participation in the women's artistic gymnastics qualifications at the Nanjing Olympic Sports Center Gymnasium on Monday.
Lloyd earned her berth to the Games through her performance at the 2014 Junior Pan American Championships in Aracaju, Brazil, in March. There, she also set a national and personal record of 39.334 points.
She smashed that record on Monday by scoring 41.250 points in Nanjing.
Whereas many international-level gymnasts train more than 30 hours per week, Lloyd estimates she is in the gym "20-something" hours per week.
Adriana Forde, who coaches her, said Lloyd's performance at Nanjing 2014 is a success in its own right.
"It's a huge challenge to come out here and hit four good routines," Forde said. "For Morgan to get another personal best every time she's on the international floor is a really big deal. We're so proud she can come out here and smile and enjoy herself, and do her routines to a level she is happy with."
Lloyd said she was pleased that her mental preparation produced satisfactory performances in Nanjing.
"I visualised four good routines," she said. "I need to work on my bars, but I was happy about the rest of them."
Forde said she and Lloyd aim to share Lloyd's enthusiasm with spectators.
"We're working so that Morgan shows confidence," Forde said. "She's really excited and happy to be here, and she's hoping to portray that so people watching know how she feels when she's out there."