This is just too cute. Ellen DeGeneres sat down with Annie Rester and her three-year-old daughter Emma, who’s a pint-sized gymnastics prodigy. The little cutie told DeGeneres she started doing gymnastics when she was two and a half—so, six months ago. Her mom enrolled her in classes because the toddler was clumsy. Quickly, she showed she had a knack for the sport and started moving up levels. Her favorite things to do at the gym are back-bends and back handsprings—yes, full-out back handsprings. The girl is gifted.
Ellen asks the pint sized prodigy if she’s ever scared of falling, Emma had the perfect answer: “No because then we get back up,” she said, winning every heart in America.
DeGeneres had a mini gym set up on her stage so Emma could show off her skills. She wowed the crowd on the bars, smiled and waved in the splits, and nailed her back handsprings on a trampoline.
Emma’s mom shares her daughter’s skills on Instagram—@emma_minigymnastbigdreams—and she has over 63,000 followers. It’s a great way to document Emma’s progress for her dad. Rester told DeGeneres he’s in the Army and stationed in Korea for a year.
He’s going to come back home to a champion. Emma says Gabby Douglas is her favorite gymnast, but the Olympian better watch out for this tiny star at the 2028 Summer Olympic Games. See Emma in action on Ellen below: