Choosing final women gymnasts was hardly routine

July 25, 1992|By Bill Glauber | Bill Glauber,Staff Writer

BARCELONA, Spain -- After a trials, a tryout camp and a final workout, six tiny women will be paraded into a cafe today and presented as the final, official, and complete U.S. Olympic gymnastics team.

Michele Campi, who missed the trials with a fractured right elbow and was slowed by a pulled hamstring muscle, is expected to be the odd woman out and given the alternate position.

Kim Zmeskal, of Houston, the 1991 all-around world champion, and Shannon Miller, of Edmond, Okla., the winner of the trials, are expected to lead the American team. Both are among the favorites in the all-around competition and are expected to anchor the U.S. bid for a team silver behind the favored Unified Team.

Betty Okino, of Elmhurst, Ill., who was sidelined with stress fractures in her back and missed the trials, should regain a team spot with a strong training camp and pre-Olympic performance.

Also expected to earn places in the final six are:

* Dominique Dawes of Silver Spring, who survived a series of injuries to her right ankle and back.

* Kerri Strug, 14, of Tucson, Ariz., the youngest member in the entire U.S. delegation.

* Wendy Bruce of North Lauderdale, Fla., the trials alternate who battled her way onto the final squad.

Previously cut was Kim Kelly of King of Prussia, Pa.

The competition begins tomorrow night with the team compulsory competition and ends next Saturday night with the apparatus finals.

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