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the road to Athens
Brian Cazeneuve
March 08, 2004
The U.S. men's gymnastics team suffered a potentially crushing blow at the American Cup competition in New York City last Saturday when five-time national all-around champion Blaine Wilson (above) sustained a torn left biceps that could keep him out of the Summer Games. Wilson, 29, was performing a strength element on the still rings, his best event, when he felt a rip in his arm and fell to his knees. An MRI was scheduled for Monday and surgery on Tuesday. If Wilson is unable to compete at the Olympic trials in Anaheim in June but completes his recovery before the Games in mid-August, he could cite his medical condition in a petition requesting that he be added to the team. "He's our leader," says Jason Gatson, who won the men's all-around on Saturday. "We can't afford to lose him."...
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March 08, 2004

The Road To Athens

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The U.S. men's gymnastics team suffered a potentially crushing blow at the American Cup competition in New York City last Saturday when five-time national all-around champion Blaine Wilson (above) sustained a torn left biceps that could keep him out of the Summer Games. Wilson, 29, was performing a strength element on the still rings, his best event, when he felt a rip in his arm and fell to his knees. An MRI was scheduled for Monday and surgery on Tuesday. If Wilson is unable to compete at the Olympic trials in Anaheim in June but completes his recovery before the Games in mid-August, he could cite his medical condition in a petition requesting that he be added to the team. "He's our leader," says Jason Gatson, who won the men's all-around on Saturday. "We can't afford to lose him."...

Gail Devers is only getting better as she gets older. At the U.S. Indoor Track and Field Championships in Boston last Saturday the 37-year-old, two-time Olympian became the first American to win U.S. indoor titles in both the 60-meter dash and 60-meter hurdles. Devers edged Torri Edwards at the tape to take the dash in 7.12 seconds, .17 off her personal best. Fifty minutes later she won the hurdles in 7.81 seconds, only .03 of a second off the U.S. record she set last year. "At this point in my career," Devers said, "I have to find a reason to stay motivated, and my reason was to do something I'd never done. Everyone wants to talk about my age, and it does take a toll on my body, but I run with my heart." This weekend Devers will attempt to win both events again, at the world indoor championships in Budapest. As for the U.S. Olympic Trials in July, she is leaning toward qualifying in the 100-meter hurdles but hasn't decided on the 100-meter dash.

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