NJ brothers compete for Olympic bid
UNDATED (WHDH) -- Two New Jersey brothers are in a sibling rivalry of Olympic proportions.
The two men are fighting to make it onto the U.S. trampoline team and it's leading to a big brotherly battle.
Steven and Jeffrey Gluckstein need to jump 30 feet in the air to qualify for the Olympic Games, but that's nothing compared to their greatest challenge: beating each other.
"Sometimes they fight during the training, so it's tough you got to separate them a little. But, sometimes, when they have rough days, they actually support each other a lot so, which makes it easier," said Tatiana Kovaleva, coach.
World champ Tatiana Kovaleva trains them both to face anyone, but Steven knows Jeffrey is the one to beat.
"My biggest concern against with competing against my brother is his, his natural born talent. He lands so perfectly into the trampoline that if everything goes his way and perfect, he could be the best in the world," Steven said.
Yet 19-year-old Jeffrey still looks up to 21-year-old Steven.
He has a very good work ethic. He comes into the gym, he trains his hardest and always puts his heart into it," Jeffrey said.
When Loretta Gluckstein encouraged her little boys to jump on a trampoline, she never expected it would someday be an Olympic sport and sibling rivalry.
"They are so close. You know, they've been doing this together-- literally together every day for the past, I would say like, 12 years," Loretta said.
Steven has only lost to Jeffrey once -- but it was big. He lost his national title to his baby brother last year.
"It's a mutual feeling when you beat one of your relatives. But it's also a good feeling inside," Jeffrey said.
Steven became determined to beat him, even as Jeffrey remained more friend than foe.
"We spot for each other with a safety mat on the side of the trampoline. And, you know, I watch his good trainings but he watches my good trainings as well. And trampoline is really a sport where you have to focus on yourself, your personal best. You're not really worried about anybody else," Steven said.
Even if that somebody else is literally your better half.
The last Olympic trials competition is scheduled for June 25. The winner will represent team USA in London.