One more time: Women gymnasts face the final cut

July 09, 1992|By Bill Glauber | Bill Glauber,Staff Writer

One month after the Olympic Gymnastics Trials at the Baltimore Arena, eight of America's top female gymnasts will square off one more time today in a final selection for the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain.

The last cut will occur in Altamonte Springs, Fla. A final team of six Olympians and one alternate should emerge.

Two gymnasts who didn't even appear at the trials still could earn places on the team: Michelle Campi, who broke her right elbow on the eve of the trials, and Betty Okino, who has been sidelined with stress fractures in her back for three months.

The six coaches whose athletes are competing, and Roe Kreutzer, chairman of the U.S. Gymnastics Federation's elite development committee, will decide.

Reigning world all-around champion Kim Zmeskal, trials winner Shannon Miller, Dominique Dawes of Silver Spring and Kerri Strug are all expected to retain spots on the team. Veterans Wendy Bruce and Kim Kelly, who earned the two last spots in Baltimore, could be bumped.

"They will look at everyone to see how healthy, how ready and how in shape they are," Kreutzer said.

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