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By Tribune Olympic Bureau | August 20, 2008
BEIJING - Shawn Johnson had dark circles under her brown eyes and a headache, but when she jumped on the balance beam last night, she switched on her smile and defiantly pounded out a gold-medal routine. It wasn't the gold Johnson wanted. She had come here as the favorite to win the all-around title, had hoped to lead the U.S. team to a gold medal, had hoped to defend her world championship in the floor exercise and add to that a balance-beam gold medal. But through a succession of silvers - team, all-around, floor - Johnson, 16, of West Des Moines, Iowa, stuck out her chin, wiped away tears and insisted that silver was just as nice as gold.
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January 7, 2014
Email rec sports copy to howardcountysports@patuxent.com by 9 a.m. on Monday. When two Howard County teams play, players from both teams (first and last names) must be mentioned in the write-up. Gymnastics Maria Ramsey, a Level 9 Docksiders gymnast who is an eighth grader at Oakland Mills Middle School, competed at the 2014 World Class Invitational at the Boo Williams Sportsplex in Hampton, VA on Saturday, Jan. 4 with the following results: Vault: 9. 9.025 Uneven Bars: 6. 8.525 Balance Beam: 1. 9.225 Floor Exercise: 1. 9.35 All-Around (14-15 years old)
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By Bill Glauber and Bill Glauber,SUN FOREIGN STAFF | September 25, 2000
SYDNEY, Australia - With a slight bobble and a twisting dismount, gymnast Elise Ray of Columbia completed her Summer Olympics today. Ray, who attended Wilde Lake High, scored 9.387 during the balance beam finals. She finished eighth, shut out of the medals. For Ray, the Olympics were taxing yet rewarding. In her opening floor routine of the Games, Ray felt a pop in her left shoulder, but gamely continued, explaining, "It's no big deal." She soldiered on during the team final, performing solidly and helping the United States finish fourth, ever so close to the bronze.
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December 17, 2013
Email rec sports copy to howardcountysports@patuxent.com by 9 a.m. on Monday. When two Howard County teams play, players from both teams (first and last names) must be mentioned in the write-up. Gymnastics Maria Ramsey of Columbia competed at the 2013 Christmas on the Chesapeake Invitational at the Baltimore Convention Center on Dec. 13. Over 2,000 USA Gymnastics gymnasts from national and international training centers attend this annual competition, which is hosted by Docksiders Gymnastics.
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By Candus Thomson and Candus Thomson,SUN STAFF | June 4, 2004
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Courtney Kupets may have torn her Achilles' tendon last summer, but she didn't show weakness in her heel or anywhere else last night at the U.S. Gymnastics Championships. The reigning all-around national champion from Gaithersburg led all 32 competitors, completing her four routines with a total score of 38.225, and winning the balance beam. "I was confident," Kupets said, beaming. "Right now, winning nationals isn't as important as doing all my routines cleanly ... but who wouldn't want it?"
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By Bill Glauber and Bill Glauber,SUN FOREIGN STAFF | September 26, 2000
SYDNEY, Australia - Elise Ray never imagined the Olympics would be like this, the stuff of struggles endured instead of dreams achieved, of feeling a pop in her shoulder on a first routine and making one last tiny misstep on the balance beam. No one could have predicted that the 18-year-old from Columbia would storm down a runway at breakneck speed and fly over a vault that was set 2 inches too low and fail to land on her two feet. And few could have foreseen the turmoil that engulfed her team, with officials squabbling and the U.S. team failing to gain an Olympic gymnastics medal for the first time since 1972.
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By Katherine Dunn and Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF | January 23, 1998
Ever since she was a little girl, Erin Nett has been as comfortable flipping through the air as she is walking on the ground.Life as a competitive gymnast kept her in the air five days a week for most of the past 13 years. When a broken foot ended her gymnastics career last winter, Nett turned her attention to new heights.Now, the Bel Air High senior is soaring again -- as a pole vaulter."I love the feeling. I can't even explain it," said Nett, 17. "I'm used to flipping around from gymnastics, and this is so much higher.
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September 22, 2000
Uplifting: U.S. gymnast Elise Ray (above on balance beam) perseveres after falling on a vault set at the wrong height. [Page 1e] Track: American Marion Jones begins her Drive for Five golds, winning a preliminary heat in the 100-meter dash. [Page 1e]
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By Rick Belz and Rick Belz,Staff Writer | April 2, 1993
Oakland Mills gymnastics coach Bonnie Taylor hopes her team never experiences another bizarre afternoon like yesterday.The fact that the Scorpions are expected to challenge for a county title this season but lost to four-time defending county champion Atholton by a substantial 128.1-113.5 margin didn't upset Taylor too much.After all, it was just the season's first meet. The way her team lost was disconcerting, however. It just wasn't her team's day.One of visiting Oakland Mills' top three gymnasts, April Page, sprained her ankle during warm-ups and couldn't compete.
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By Bill Glauber and Bill Glauber,Staff Writer | July 29, 1992
BARCELONA, Spain -- Dominique Dawes placed the bronze medal in her sweat suit pocket, and clutched the bouquet of white roses in her tiny hands.She had traveled the longest road in the world of gymnastics, from a converted game room at a Best Western on the outskirts of the Capital Beltway in Maryland, to the third-place team podium at the 1992 Summer Olympics."
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By Tribune Olympic Bureau | August 20, 2008
BEIJING - Shawn Johnson had dark circles under her brown eyes and a headache, but when she jumped on the balance beam last night, she switched on her smile and defiantly pounded out a gold-medal routine. It wasn't the gold Johnson wanted. She had come here as the favorite to win the all-around title, had hoped to lead the U.S. team to a gold medal, had hoped to defend her world championship in the floor exercise and add to that a balance-beam gold medal. But through a succession of silvers - team, all-around, floor - Johnson, 16, of West Des Moines, Iowa, stuck out her chin, wiped away tears and insisted that silver was just as nice as gold.
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By Madison Park and Madison Park,Sun Reporter | March 30, 2008
One-by-one, Dominique Dawes straightened the young gymnasts as they struck a pose on the balance beam. "Stomach in. Hips are squared. The body is lean and tight," she told 9-year-old Christina Riggins, who was striking a graceful pose on the balance beam with her arms outstretched and forming a V. Christina quickly adjusted her position, her face tensed with concentration. Once the girls struck their positions on the 4-inch wide beam, Dawes pushed them. Christina teetered for a moment, then slipped off the beam.
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By Ariel Sabar and Ariel Sabar,SUN STAFF | August 20, 2004
GAITHERSBURG -- The lip-biting started yesterday even before Olympic gymnast Courtney Kupets completed her slide to ninth place in the women's all-around competition. Over the past year, the elite teenage gymnasts she trains with here at Hill's Gymnastics have watched her nail vaults and floor routines with power and grace. But Kupets' early scores from Athens yesterday -- particularly the 8.975 on the balance beam -- rained a quiet disappointment over the leotard-clad girls tumbling and leaping across the cavernous gymnasium.
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By Candus Thomson and Candus Thomson,SUN STAFF | August 18, 2004
ATHENS - The team built for gold came up short a few parts last night. Instead of being atop the podium, U.S. women's gymnasts stood one step down, the medals around their necks silver. Romania, which won the team gold in 2000 and was runner-up to the Americans in the 2003 world championships, proved to be the superior performer. "They were the better team tonight," said U.S. coach Kelli Hill. "We opened the door a little bit, and they walked in." After the disappointing 2000 Summer Games, when the women finished fourth, the president of USA Gymnastics, Bob Colorossi, said the Athens squad would be built to win the team gold.
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By Candus Thomson and Candus Thomson,SUN STAFF | August 16, 2004
ATHENS -- U.S. women's gymnasts marched into yesterday's team qualification with an unwanted teammate: jitters. Rookie nerves nagged all but one of the gymnasts and caused the youngest member to lose her composure. At the end of the day, however, the little setbacks remained little, as the U.S. squad finished second behind Romania and became one of eight teams to move on to tomorrow's final. Only Carly Patterson seemed inoculated against the jitters, finishing first in the individual rankings and qualifying for the individual all-around final and the apparatus finals in balance beam.
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By Candus Thomson and Candus Thomson,SUN STAFF | August 12, 2004
To understand what makes Courtney Kupets the best women's gymnast in the country, you have to stop the action. Look at photos of her on the uneven bars, the vault, even the 4-inch-wide balance beam. Upside down, right side up, somehow the two-time U.S. champion keeps her body as taut as an archer's bowstring. "She's the best. So strong, so straight. Others are very good, but she's picture perfect - literally. Everything is a straight line," says Paul Ziert, the publisher of International Gymnast magazine and former coach of two-time Olympic gold medalist Bart Conner.
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By SPECIAL TO THE SUN | February 18, 2001
Junior Devin McCalla won the all-around title for the second year in a row, leading George Washington to its second straight championship at the 16th annual Towson University Invitational before 1,199 yesterday at Towson Center. The No. 25 Colonials set a meet record with a 195.175 team score to edge No. 32 Towson for the championship. The Tigers, who have won 14 of the previous 16 Towson Invitationals, had a 194.125 team score. James Madison was third (190.675). McCalla won the all-around with a 39.35 score, edging two Tigers.
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By Milton Kent and Milton Kent,Staff Writer | January 24, 1994
Did the Baltimore Arena play host yesterday to a gymnastics exhibition, where style had the upper hand over substance, or was the Reese's World Gymnastics Cup a full-fledged competition?The answer, on both counts, was yes.Well, sort of.For Oksana Chusovitina, who claimed the women's all-around title, there was no question that the Reese's Cup was a combination of serious competition and exhibition.And because she approached the exhibition in that fashion, Chusovitina walked away with the gold medal, besting Gaithersburg's Dominique Dawes by one point, and winning $6,550 in prize money.
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By Helene Elliott and Helene Elliott,LOS ANGELES TIMES | June 28, 2004
ANAHEIM, Calif. - It wasn't medical science alone that allowed Courtney Kupets to regain her world-class gymnastic skills less than 10 months after she ruptured her left Achilles' tendon. Surgical skill was part of it, certainly. But her remarkable recovery was also due in equal parts to hope, perseverance and a determination to remember why she pursued this often painful sport and endured tough months of rehabilitation. "You just go out there and have fun," the 17-year-old from Gaithersburg said.
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By Candus Thomson and Candus Thomson,SUN STAFF | June 6, 2004
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Even if Courtney Kupets had finished second last night at the U.S. Gymnastics Championships, it would have been a storybook comeback to a year filled with injury and rehabilitation. Instead, with a gutsy final routine, the 17-year-old from Gaithersburg won her second consecutive national title, tying Carly Patterson of Texas with a two-day total of 76.450 points. "What a wonderful way to win this, to tie with somebody who's your friend," said Kupets, unaware of the score she needed when she swung onto the uneven bars.
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