Brian Curtis, NBC 5 News
TCU's Whitney Gipson hopes to bring home gold in long jump from the London Summer Olympics.
North Texan Whitney Gipson is one of America's best hopes in the long jump at this summer's London Olympics.
"Sometimes at night it's hard for me to sleep, because it's like 'wow what if I am there, what if I am an athlete competing and representing the U.S.A.?'" Gipson said.
Gipson must still qualify for the team at the U.S. Track and Field Trials at the end of June, but her chances are good.
The Texas Christian University senior, who grew up in North Richland Hills, is the current NCAA champion. Earlier this year, she jumped a remarkable 22 feet, 8 inches, tying an NCAA record.
"It's still mind boggling to me," Gipson said of the big jump.
If she were to jump that far at the Olympics, she would likely land on the medal stand.
Gipson's coach at TCU, Darryl Anderson, believes Gipson is capable of even more.
"I think she can jump a lot farther," Anderson said.
Both of Gipson's parents were accomplished college athletes.
Her mother, Willa, is the current Athletic Director in the Birdville Independent School District and her father, Winston, is an Assistant Principal in the Mansfield Independent School District.
"I'm so proud of her," said Winston.
If her daughter does compete in London, her mother doesn't expect to be able to contain her emotions.
"I'm sure I'll be crying," said Willa.
Winning is a matter of one great jump.
"Whoever shows up on that day, pretty much, is going to be the winner," said Gipson.