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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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Sports Digest | April 15, 2014
Scott Spinelli , formerly an assistant under Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon , has accepted an assistant coaching position at Boston College. Spinelli worked as an assistant under Turgeon at Wichita State (2006-07), Texas A&M (2007-11) and Maryland (2011-14). "Scott and I have known each other for a long time and have worked together for the last eight years," Turgeon said in a release. "He is an outstanding coach and recruiter and has been a great member of my staff while at Wichita State, Texas A&M and Maryland.
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By Candus Thomson and Candus Thomson,SUN STAFF | December 26, 2003
GAITHERSBURG - The line between elation and despair is a rust-colored scar, the length and width of a ballpoint pen, that runs from Courtney Kupets' heel to her calf. In June, Kupets was on top as the 2003 U.S. all-around women's gymnastics champion. Now, the 17-year-old is pushing herself through the grind of rehabilitation, trying to prepare for the U.S. championships and Olympic trials in June. "I have plenty of time from my point of view," says Kupets, who sandwiches a full day of classes at Gaithersburg High School between grueling exercise and physical therapy sessions.
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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 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 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 PAUL McMULLEN AND CANDUS THOMSON and PAUL McMULLEN AND CANDUS THOMSON,SUN STAFF | August 13, 2004
Kevin Hall Sailing, Bowie Like Lance Armstrong, sailor Kevin Hall is a survivor of testicular cancer. And, like the cyclist, Hall came back from the disease with a vengeance. Hall, 34, sails a solo dinghy in the Finn class and will compete in 11 races beginning tomorrow. The California native moved to Maryland last year to be closer to the cutting-edge sailing technology in Annapolis. In his senior year at Brown in 1990, he was diagnosed with cancer and had surgery to remove a testicle.
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Sports Digest | April 15, 2014
Scott Spinelli , formerly an assistant under Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon , has accepted an assistant coaching position at Boston College. Spinelli worked as an assistant under Turgeon at Wichita State (2006-07), Texas A&M (2007-11) and Maryland (2011-14). "Scott and I have known each other for a long time and have worked together for the last eight years," Turgeon said in a release. "He is an outstanding coach and recruiter and has been a great member of my staff while at Wichita State, Texas A&M and Maryland.
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By SIMMI BUTTAR | December 9, 2005
Gymnastics Christmas on the Chesapeake Where -- Baltimore Convention Center When -- Tonight through Sunday What now? -- More than 1,300 gymnasts from eight states will be competing in this national meet. Centers that have trained Olympic gymnasts such as Gaithersburg's Courtney Kupets, a 2004 Olympian, will be a part of this three-day competition. Tickets can be purchased at the Convention Center beginning today. Pro Basketball Bulls@Wizards Where -- MCI Center, Washington When -- Tomorrow, 7 p.m. What now?
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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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By PAUL McMULLEN AND CANDUS THOMSON and PAUL McMULLEN AND CANDUS THOMSON,SUN STAFF | August 13, 2004
Kevin Hall Sailing, Bowie Like Lance Armstrong, sailor Kevin Hall is a survivor of testicular cancer. And, like the cyclist, Hall came back from the disease with a vengeance. Hall, 34, sails a solo dinghy in the Finn class and will compete in 11 races beginning tomorrow. The California native moved to Maryland last year to be closer to the cutting-edge sailing technology in Annapolis. In his senior year at Brown in 1990, he was diagnosed with cancer and had surgery to remove a testicle.
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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 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 Candus Thomson and Candus Thomson,SUN STAFF | December 26, 2003
GAITHERSBURG - The line between elation and despair is a rust-colored scar, the length and width of a ballpoint pen, that runs from Courtney Kupets' heel to her calf. In June, Kupets was on top as the 2003 U.S. all-around women's gymnastics champion. Now, the 17-year-old is pushing herself through the grind of rehabilitation, trying to prepare for the U.S. championships and Olympic trials in June. "I have plenty of time from my point of view," says Kupets, who sandwiches a full day of classes at Gaithersburg High School between grueling exercise and physical therapy sessions.
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By Candus Thomson and Candus Thomson,SUN STAFF | March 1, 2003
FAIRFAX, Va. - Three months ago, Courtney Kupets and Ashley Postell sent the gymnastics world tumbling when they came from nowhere to win gold medals at the World Gymnastics Championships in Hungary. The 16-year-olds won't be sneaking up on the rest of the field today, but they'll have a hometown edge at the American Cup, the first competition in the series that leads to this year's world championships and the 2004 Olympics. Kupets, from Gaithersburg, won her medal in November in the uneven bars.
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By Candus Thomson and Candus Thomson,SUN STAFF | June 3, 2004
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - All Blaine Wilson wanted last night was to make people say "holy cow" in head-shaking wonderment when he walked on the floor for the U.S. Gymnastics Championships. Thirteen weeks after surgery to repair a torn left biceps tendon, the old man of the men's gymnastics squad wanted to let people know not to scratch him off the roster of the Olympics team yet. His divine bovine moment will have to wait. After saying he might try two of the six events, Wilson, 29, withdrew from the competition when a team official asked him if he was going to try to compete and then submit an injury petition to be included in the Olympic Trials at the end of the month.
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