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SURI CRUISE is doing cartwheels for her new idol – Olympic gymnastics star Gabby Douglas!
The adorable 6-year-old daughter of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes is now a regular fixture at New York City gymnastics classes, and pals say the tumbling tyke is telling her famous parents that she wants to win a gold medal “just like Gabby!”
“Suri is gaga for Gabby and the whole women’s summer Olympic gymnastics team,” a Hollywood insider told The ENQUIRER. “Forget acting and modeling – Suri says when she grows up she wants to be an Olympian!”
The source said Suri caught the tumbling bug after watching the 2012 Summer Games with her mom.
“She really got caught up in the excitement,” the source explained. “She’s been taking gymnastics lessons at Chelsea Piers, near Katie’s bachelorette pad, for over a month. And Suri’s coaches have been telling Katie and Tom that their daughter has the right stuff and that she shows a lot of potential.”
Katie has been pulling strings to arrange a meet-and-greet between Suri and the 16-year-old gymnastics champ.
“Katie already promised Suri it’s going to happen soon,” said the insider.
Two-time gold medalist Gabby has already had some TinselTown exposure. The Virginia native taped a guest-starring role on an episode of “The Vampire Diaries,” set to air the end of November.
As for Suri, Tom and Katie are thrilled that she doesn’t seem to want to follow in their showbiz footsteps, added the insider.
“Despite their bitter divorce, they’ve found common ground in regard to Suri. They love that she wants to pursue something other than acting and are encouraging her to go for the gold.”