Laura Shapiro would love to perform routines on the balance beams, work the uneven bars and do floor exercises in the Olympics someday. But that day is somewhere in the distant future. It surely isn't 1988.
So, for now, the 16-year-old Northridge gymnast has shifted her goals. Instead of Seoul, South Korea, her sights are set on Toronto, Canada.
On Aug. 15, that's where she and fellow gymnast Rebecca Chiprut, a 13-year-old from Bel-Air, will be for the Youth Maccabee Games, the junior edition of the Jewish Olympics.
Shapiro and Chiprut, who have worked out at Gymnastics Olympica in Van Nuys for three years, will be two of six gymnasts representing Los Angeles for one week at the Games, which are for athletes aged 16 and younger.