"I have a gym here that feels like home," Stoinev said Friday afternoon, as he took a break during practice at the
Gamma Phi is the oldest collegiate circus in the country, marking its 85th anniversary this year.
"I imagine because of
As this year's returning Gamma Phi members juggled, walked on stilts and swung on the trapeze, Stoinev worked on the hand balancing routines that have enabled him to advance on the popular
His parents and younger brother live in
Still, it's hard to relax.
"Right now, everything is moving so fast and there's pressure," he said.
Being in a familiar place and spending time with friends helps get his mind off the pressure, at least for a little while, he said.
Nevertheless, he continues to practice and work out about four hours a day, and think about how to top his previous performance.
"This could be the biggest thing happening in my career," Stoinev said. "I don't want to let it slip."
Alouan said he is "thrilled" for Stoinev, adding, "It couldn't happen to a nicer guy."
Earlier this week, Stoinev visited students at
"There's a lot of talent out there," Ivan Stoinev said. "He's unique. We're happy where he is right now."
The elder Stoinev is assistant director of Gamma Phi, having settled in
"It's always better to have two options," Ivan Stoinev said.
For now, Christian Stoinev's chosen option is to see how far he can go on "America's Got Talent" and just take things "one day at a time."
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